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ESPN’s Star-Powered NCAA Women’s Final Four Open Debuts Tonight, Weaves Intriguing Storylines

Actress Samira Wiley plays the role of Fate

ESPN’s 2019 Women’s Final Four Show Open – as seen in the video above – revolves around the idea of Fate versus Free Will.

Actress Samira Wiley, star of “Orange Is The New Black” and “A Handmaid’s Tale,” plays the role of Fate, with the student-athletes providing the voices of Free Will – strength, overcoming adversity and taking matters into their own hands.

It is a depiction of the struggles teams representing Oregon, Baylor, UConn and Notre Dame will engage in while vying for the Division I national women’s basketball title this weekend in Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

The Open will air as part of the national semifinal coverage tonight (7 ET, ESPN2). Visit ESPN Press Room for more details.

Below, enjoy a short trailer featuring Wiley interacting with ESPN’s production crew during the shoot last month in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Shelby L. Lacy produced the behind-the-scenes video. Joe Faraoni of ESPN Images shot the still photos.

March in Brooklyn: Actress Samira Wiley (L) and ESPN producer Aimee Stokes work on the set of ESPN’s 2019 Women’s Final Four Open. (Joe Faraoni/ ESPN Images)
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