Disney is currently developing a brand new series for Disney+ called “The Crossover, which is based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel-in-verse by Kwame Alexander.
“The Crossover” introduces teen brothers Josh and Jordan Bell, widely considered basketball phenoms. Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, aka Filthy McNasty, narrates the story of he and his brother’s coming of age, on and off the court, as their former professional basketball player father adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother finally pursues lifelong dreams of her own.
This new series stars Jalyn Hall, Amir O’Neil, Derek Luke, Sabrina Revelle, Skyla I’Lece, Deja Monique Cruz and Trevor Raine Bush. It also features Daveed Diggs as the narrator.
Deadline is reporting that Darone Okolie (Winning Time), Gabriela Lopez (Teen Spirit), Joel Steingold (The Chi), Himie Freeman (The Ultimatum), and Johnny Cantley (The Originals) will also be starring in this series in recurring roles.
- Darone Okolie and Himie Freeman will be playing future versions of the Bell brothers.
- Gabriela Lopez is going to play a future version of ‘Maya’
- Johnny Cantley will play a future version of ‘Vondie.’
- Joel Steingold is playing the part of ‘Basil St. Jean,’ the poised and stylish Vice Principal at Hughes Middle School. He’s friendly and hard-working and offers his support to Crystal (Sabrina Revelle) in any way he can, even though she secured the job he was up for. But is he a friend or a foe?
The pilot episode was directed by George Tillman, Jr. (“The Hate U Give,” “For Life”) and was written by Kwame Alexander and Damani Johnson (“All Rise”). Executive producers include Todd Harthan (“The Resident,” “Rosewood”), Damani Johnson, Kwame Alexander, George Tillman, Jr., Bob Teitel, and Jay Marcus. Additionally LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company are joining the project as executive producers. This new series is produced by 20th Television.