Rise (upcoming film)

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Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan
Written by
  • Randy Brown
  • Gregory Allen Howard
Produced by
  • Jonathan Rubenstein
  • Mark Trustin
  • Duffy Astriab
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
CountryUnited States

Rise is an upcoming Christian sports drama film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and starring Sterling K. Brown.


The film tells the true story of Willie Davis (Sterling K. Brown), a high school janitor who steps up to coach the failing basketball program. As he inspires his team to prioritize "The Lord, books and basketball" toward success in sports and life, he turns things around for them all, leading them on to the state championship.[1]



It was announced in early 2019 that Sterling K. Brown would star as Davis. Filming commenced in May 2019, in Louisiana, lasting around 30 days.[1][2][3][4][5]


The film was originally set to be released on April 10, 2020, but was taken off the schedule in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic with no new release date announced.


  1. ^ a b "Sterling K. Brown to star in Affirm Films' 'Rise'". ReligionNews.com. April 5, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Mia Galuppo (April 4, 2019). "Sterling K. Brown to Star in True-Life Sports Drama 'Rise'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Mike Scott (April 8, 2019). "Sterling K. Brown to film sports drama 'Rise' in New Orleans". Nola.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Amanda N'Duka (April 4, 2019). "Sterling K. Brown To Star In Jr. High Coaching Biopic 'Rise' At Sony". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Sterling K. Brown to Rise as Coach Willie Davis". ChristianCinema.com. April 6, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2020.

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