By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 25, 2012 at 10:00AM
Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), recording artist Coco Jones, and Trevor Jackson (Eureka) star in the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine, described as a music-driven story for kids and families, premiering Friday, June 15th, at 8pm ET/PT.
Set in the world of hip-hop, rap and gospel music, the uplifting modern day story inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac, follows three teens who discover the importance of staying true to oneself. Celebrating family, friendship and faith, the story unfolds in Atlanta, Georgia, as Cyrus DeBarge and his best friend Kris McDuffy reunite with their childhood friend, teenage singing sensation Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews, whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club. Cyrus, who writes music under the name "Truth," crafts a heartfelt and contest-winning rhyme about Roxie but to his dismay, his work is mistakenly attributed to Kris. Lacking the confidence to step forward, Cyrus stands by while Kris not only takes credit for the lyrics, but ultimately begins to win Roxie's heart too. Now, it's up to the true poet to overcome self-doubt, seize the opportunity to reveal his authentic self, and pursue his dreams. All the while, Cyrus must convince his preacher father that hip-hop music can convey a positive message.
Tyler James Williams stars as Cyrus DeBarge, Coco Jones as Roxanne Andrews, Trevor Jackson as Kris McDuffy, Brandon Mychal Smith as Lord of Da Bling, Dawnn Lewis as Cyrus' mother Gail De Barge, Courtney B. Vance as Cyrus' preacher father, Jacob DeBarge, and others.
Let It Shine is directed by Paul Hoen, from a script written by Eric Daniel and Don D. Scott (Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business).
The movie was shot on location in Atlanta and Marietta, GA.