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Greek Freak is the nickname given to MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for his freakish talents on the hardwood but more recently it is also the title for Walt Disney’ feature film that is expected to come out in 2022 on platform Disney+. The Greek Freak movie is inspired by the true story of Antetokounmpo’s life and Nigerian family as they rely on faith and determination to lift themselves out of poverty as immigrants living in Athens. The plot particularly focuses on Giannis’s first steps in basketball and the important distinctions he has received so far in the world of the National Basketball Association.

The Greak Freak Production

The production that takes place both in Greece and in the United States, started filming in Greece on April 2021 and was successfully completed towards the end of June of the same year. The majority of the scenes were shot in the same central Athens neighborhoods where Antetokounmpo used to sold DVDs to make a living and play basketball. For this purpose, the center of Athens has been transformed into an open-air studio with locations including Sepolia, the neighborhood where he grew up as well as the streets of Zografou, Kolonos, the area of Psirri and Monastiraki. Even a central Athens hotel was used for filming purposes, specifically for the representation of the NBA drafts in 2013, where G. Antetokounmpo was selected at number 15 by his team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Numbers

Greek Freak is considered to be one of the largest productions filmed in the country, with an amount of expenditure that exceeds 20 million euros, employs 200 Greek crew members and hundreds of supporting actors. The production is undertaken by the Greek company Faliro House and served by the Athens Film Office which provides an array of free services that facilitate audiovisual production needs.

Athens mayor visits the set of Greek Freak
Athens mayor visits the set of Greek Freak

The Greek Freak Actors

Young actor Uche Agada takes on the role of G. Antetokounmpo, in the first leading role of his career, after he saw a post on Antetokounmpo’s social media about the open casting call. By his side, we will see the actress Yetid Badaki who will play the role of his mother, Veronica, but also Dayo Okeniyi, who will play the beloved father of the athlete, Charles, who has passed away. It is worth noting that Antetokounmpo himself participates in the production of “Greek Freak”, as well as Bernie Goldman, producer of the film “300”. The script is by Arash Amel and the direction of Akin Omotoso.

Greek Freak Full Cast & Crew

Directed by
Akin Omotoso
Writing Credits
Arash Amel …
Cast
Yetide Badaki … Veronica
Dayo Okeniyi … Charles
Babis Hawk Konstantinou … Turkish policeman
Pilar Holland … Teresa Perez
Efthymis Halkidis … Haris Eleftheriou
Tassos Giannopoulos … Basketball player
Alexandros Mylonas … Police officer
Produced by
Giannis Antetokounmpo … executive producer
Bernie Goldmann … producer
Kostas Raftopoulos … line producer: Greece
Music by
Ré Olunuga
Cinematography by
Kabelo Thathe
Film Editing by
Vuyani Sondlo
Casting By
Randi Hiller
Production Design by
Ina Mayhew
Art Direction by
Mark Dillon … supervising art director
Set Decoration by
Sarah Carter
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dris … second assistant director
James J.D. Taylor … first assistant director
Art Department
John Bayles … Leadman
Danny Burke … props
Andres D. Davila … assistant property master
Elena Dentopoulou … Art Department Coordinator
Philip Keller … storyboard artist
Becca Kenyon … property master
Apostolos Polichroniadis … Charge Scenic
Markus Ruiz … Scenic Painter
Sound Department
Charles German … boom operator
Mike Schmidt … production sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Elden Avila … senior visual effects coordinator
Sharina Radia … business development producer: Mr. X
Glorivette Somoza … visual effects producer
Stunts
Zack Duhame … stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lefteris Agapoulakis … camera operator: c camera
Adam Baker … best boy rigging grip
Giannis Boukras … second assistant camera: b camera
Marc Christie … best boy grip
Spyros Christoforatos … grip
Dimitris Dermousis … second assistant camera: a camera
Joel Gill … lighting technician
Vakis Grillis … Dolly Grip: “a” camera
David Grother … Systems Technician
Kent Harvey … camera operator: a camera
Corrin Hodgson … gaffer
Gary Kangrga … key rigging grip
Thanasis Karabelos … rigging grip
Stamatis Karnavas … rigging grip
Drew Louis … Best Boy Rigging Electric
Alexandros Maragos … BTS Cinematographer
Kostas Meridis … Dolly Grip: “b” camera
Yorgos Metaxas … first assistant camera: c camera
Marlow Nunez … key grip
Keith Pokorski … first assistant camera: a camera
Caleb Rasak … Best Boy Electric
Patrick Redmond … still photographer
Nikola Ristic … Rigging gaffer
Giannis Rozeas … first assistant camera: b camera
Yiorgos Satolias … rigging electrician
Parker Shultz … rigging grip
Patrick Toohey … lighting console programmer
Michael Tsimperopoulos … camera operator: b camera / steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Williams … assistant costume designer
Joulles Wright … costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Angel Ballas … Lab Co-ordinator
Mark Jones … first assistant editor
George Paidas … Lab Director of Operations: Greece
Alexis Quantas … Dailies Engineer: Greece
Socrates Zoidis … Lab Supervisor: Greece
Location Management
Julie Hannum … supervising location manager
Nikos Koumandarakis … location manager
Maria Repousi … Location Coordinator
Giannis Sotiropoulos … key assistant location manager
Music Department
Carrie Tretteen … Music Clearance
Additional Crew
Jessica Bowling … production assistant
Simone Dutreux … production accountant
Marcia McIntyre … travel coordinator
Eftychia Rantou

Eftychia Rantou

Born and raised in Athens, Greece. While studying communication, media and culture at Panteion University of Athens, she realised cinema was her calling. She graduated from Université paris 1 panthéon-sorbonne
MSc in sustainable tourism development and cutlural heritage. She aspires to contribute to the world of audiovisual productions.