Deadline is exclusively reporting that Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh, Tristan Mack Wilds, Caleel Harris, Tessa Ferrer, Jason Rivera, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe and James Bingham are the latest names to join the cast of Apple’s basketball drama series Swagger.
Swagger is a series that’s inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s basketball experiences, exploring the world of youth basketball, the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.
Isaiah Hill will be playing the role of Jace, a basketball phenomenon who is one of th top ranked youth basketball players in the country. Shinelle Azoroh (whose credits include Don’t Let Go and Code Black) will be playing the role of Jenna, Jace’s mother is determined to chart NBA success for her son. Tristan Mack Wilds (whose credits include The Wire and Shots Fired) will be playing the role of Alonzo Powers, the grassroots division leader at a major shoe company. Caleel Harris (whose credits include Castle Rock and When They See Us) will be playing the role of Musa, the team’s glue and point guard.
Tessa Ferrer (whose credits include Catch 22 and Mr. Mercedes) will be playing the role of Meg Bailey, a former basketball player and coach for the rival team. Jason Rivera will be playing the role of Nick, a player from Puerto Rico with the drive to become the best player in the country. Solomon Irama (whose credits include The Grim Sleeper and Supergirl) will be playing the role of Phil Marksby, the enforcer for a rival team. Ozie Nzeribe (whose credits include Shameless and Little Fires Everywhere) will be playing the role of Royale, a sub-par player with a wealthy dad. James Bingham will be playing the role of Drew Murphy, a player from a much more affluent part of town.
Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures is producing the series alongside Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios, with the series written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood. Bythewood will serve as executive producer alongside Durant, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Rich Kleiman and Samantha Corbin Miller.