Recapping what we already know…
Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee, Mary J. Blige and Malik Yoba are already signed up to star in the Lifetime original movie project previously titled Parallel Lives, but now has the working title, Betty And Coretta.
It’s a project we’ve been tracking for about a year now, and it’s finally heading into production.
The film will center on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King – specifically, it’ll follow how they continue on as single mothers, after their husbands are assassinated – their husbands being Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
As already reported, Mary J. Blige will play Betty Shabazz, and Angela Bassett will play Coretta Scott King.
And Malik Yoba will play Martin Luther King Jr, while, we can now confirm that Wood Harris has signed up to play Malcolm X in the movie.
Ruby Dee will appear on-screen as a “historical witness” to narrate the story, “as someone familiar with the events of both their lives.“
Yves Simoneau, who recently directed a Beauty And The Beast TV-movie for ABC Studios, will direct Betty And Coretta, from a script penned by Shem Bitterman (he last wrote and directed a feature dramedy titled The Job in 2009).
The film will be produced by Blige, as well as Larry Stanitsky, with Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony executive producing.
Production has already begun; no word yet on when it’ll air.
Earlier this morning, Malik Yoba posted the below photo on Twitter, with the caption:
1st sneak peek of foto me and Angela Bassett as Corretta and Martin on set w/director.