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Tyler James William Stars In Disney Feature Inspired By "Cyrano de Bergerac" (From Writer Of "Barbershop")

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 25, 2012 10:00 AM
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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.

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5 Comments

  • JoshuaBonsu | May 29, 2013 10:39 PMReply

    hi

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 25, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    Music driven. Gospel. Hip-hop. Atlanta. The black church. Hmmmm.It would seem that most "black" films (theatrical or TV) contain these elements.
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  • Nig | April 25, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    Glad he's actually doing something positive after all that Chris Rock coonin' on the CW......can many times can you bug your eyes out in one episode? Terrible.

  • Akimbo | April 26, 2012 4:13 PM

    I'm really starting to think people think cooning is just about big eyes. Between Tyler and Dule Hill, I swear! The kid did not play a stereotypical or degrading role on the show at all; he simply reacted to situations by widening his eyes (a common way to express shock). This movie doesn't really interest me, but I hope for bigger and better projects for him.

  • CareyCarey | April 25, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    This is interesting. Last night I was watching Salon (2005) with Vivica Fox, Darrin Dewitt Henson and Terrence Howard. That sh*t was funny as hell. So I was wondering what happened to the writer and director. Come to find out it was the same dude who wrote and directed Barbershop and Barbershop II, Mark Brown ( I believe that's true? Scott's name was listed as an additional writer as well) . Yeah, I just read that last night. I also noticed a few things about the budget of those films. Well, although everybody is losing their minds over the "success" of that bland TLaM, brothas and black cast movies have been killing it for years... and they've been much more entertaining... and funnier. BarberShop 75mil (10 years ago!) Barbershop II 64mil, Martin Lawrence's movies 120 mil & 70 mil... just to name a few.

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