Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apple TV+ held the world premiere event for “Swagger,” the highly anticipated drama series inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s life experiences.
Premiering globally with the first three episodes on Friday, October 29, 2021 on Apple TV+, followed by one new episode weekly, “Swagger” reveals what it’s like to grow up in America off the court for the players, their families and coaches who walk a fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.
Attendees at the red carpet premiere included creator, showrunner and executive producer Reggie Rock Bythewood, executive producers Durant and Rich Kleiman, as well as series stars including Isaiah Hill, Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Tristan Mack Wilds, Tessa Ferrer, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe and Jason Rivera.
In “Swagger,” O’Shea Jackson Jr. stars as Ike, a former star player who’s now a youth basketball coach; Hill stars as Jace Carson, a basketball phenomenon who is one of the top-ranked youth basketball players in the country; Shinelle Azoroh plays Jenna, Jace’s mother who is determined to chart NBA success for her son; Wallis plays Crystal, a top young basketball player; Caleel Harris plays Musa, the team’s glue and point guard; Bingham plays Drew Murphy, a player from an affluent part of town; Solomon Irama plays Phil Marksby, the enforcer for a rival team; Nzeribe plays Royale, a sub-par player with a wealthy dad; Ferrer plays Meg Bailey, a former basketball player and coach for a rival team; Wilds plays Alonzo Powers, the grassroots division leader at a major shoe company; and Rivera plays Nick, a player from Puerto Rico with the drive to become the best player in the country.
“Swagger” is created by Bythewood, who also writes, directs and serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Kevin Durant, Brian Grazer, and Rich Kleiman. The series is produced for Apple by Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema. Also serving as executive producers are Samie Kim Falvey, Francie Calfo and Samantha Corbin-Miller.
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