That’s the fatherly advice Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s dad gives them in a new clip from the upcoming Disney+ Original movie “Rise” which premiered exclusively on the red carpet this morning. It shows the brothers at the start of their basketball journey, highlighting the influence and inspiration their father Charles had on their historic career.
“That’s why we fall,” he adds during a particularly grueling training session in the pouring rain. “We fall to get up.” Watch the clip in the video player above.
“Rise” is based on the real-life story of the Antetokounmpo family, including brothers Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas, the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in league history – Giannis and Thanasis as they were playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kostas as the Los Angeles Laker. Their brother Alex is also a professional basketball player.
The film follows the family after Charles Antetokounmpo and his wife Vera emigrate from Nigeria to Greece, showing their efforts to support their family under threat of deportation and gain Greek citizenship through a flawed immigration system. who “blocked them at every turn,” according to the film’s synopsis. Meanwhile, Giannis and Thanasis start playing basketball on a local youth team and discover their talent and passion for the sport. The rest, of course, is history as Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas are eventually drafted into the NBA.
“Rise” stars real-life brothers Uche and Ral Agada as young Giannis and Thanasis. The cast also includes Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal and Taylor Nichols. “Rise” was directed by Akin Omotoso, written by Arash Amel and produced by Bernie Goldmann. Giannis Antetokounmpo is credited as executive producer alongside Douglas S. Jones.
The film also includes original music co-written and performed by Antetokounmpo’s eldest son, known by the stage name Ofili.
Stream “Rise” exclusively on Disney+ this Friday, June 24.
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