A Female-Led ‘Lean On Me’ Series Is Happening Thanks to LeBron James & John Legend

by Krystal Franklin

September 14, 2018

Photos by Johnny Nunez/WireImage and Karwai Tang/WireImage

LeBron James and John Legend are teaming up to create a series inspired by the iconic 1989 film Lean On Me. The two superstars will executive produce the series for the CW under their production companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Get Lifted, respectively. According to Variety, “in the series, spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school. She must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family.”

Starring Morgan Freeman, the movie was loosely based on the true story of high school principal Joe Louis Clark, who became infamous for his disciplinary methods at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey.

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