Akili McDowell to star in sports drama ‘More Than Rivals’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Akili McDowell signed to play More than rivals, a feature film based on the New York Times book Best Selling by Ken Abraham.

From the writer of Rudy and Hoosiers, Angelo Pizzo’s screenplay captures another great sporting moment in history. The news story shows how two young children are able to look beyond the pressures and the rules and do what children do – have fun. Black and white fade and they create a lifelong bond that changes a city. Based on a true story, the film is set in 1970 in Gallatin, Tennessee, and follows two boys, Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon (McDowell), growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for basketball. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a single championship match. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill and transform their city.

The Last Starfighter director Nick Castle will direct the film. The project is from SWE Films Susan Michels, Pierre Romain and Justin Ross, who will produce. Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Georgia.

McDowell stars in Peabody Award-winning series David made the man by Oprah Winfrey, Michael B Jordan and Tarell McCraney, and returns to the critically acclaimed series Billion. He is replaced by CAA, manager Carissa Stewart and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver Thompson.

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