), who brings the bishop's sermons to life with fiery, pulpit-slapping passion. In church, his faith electrifies him, but when faced with his own demons, he buckles under the weight of his past. Any moment he's onscreen, all eyes move in his direction; he commands every inch of the frame, from start to finish. Conversely, newcomers Jules Brown and Toni Lysaith (playing Flik's love interest, Chazz) get their first shot at acting for the big screen, discovered by Lee while they were in the eighth grade. The pair bicker on that awkward brink between childhood friendship and pubescent romance, floundering between antagonistic and affectionate. The levity of their interactions counteracts the bishop's fire and brimstone, and Brown and Lysaith move fluidly from tender, preteen conversations to bullying banter.