Laurence Fishburne, who is also a producer of Akeelah and the Bee, says the movie was a labor of love. "It's a family movie," he says. "This is a movie that you may think you know what it's about. … But it's not just about a spelling bee."
These seasoned actors were both impressed with Keke's emotional performance. "It's such an honor to be working with you and to be a part of your history," Laurence tells Keke. "This young woman is an extraordinary actress. It was an honor for both Angela and I to be in her first starring role."