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Boris Kodjoe Cast In A Lead Role In Big Screen Adaptation Of Zane’s ‘Addicted’

Boris Kodjoe Cast In A Lead Role In Big Screen Adaptation Of Zane's 'Addicted'

As we reported over the summer, Lionsgate has been prepping a big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, which follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American businesswoman.

Here's the proper synopsis:

For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment — and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her "fatal attraction" — as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage… and her life.

The novel is described as a psychological drama; and Lionsgate initially tapped Rosemary Rodriguez (primarily a director of TV shows like L&O:SVU and The Good Wife) to direct Addicted, from a script adaptation initially done by Christina Welsh, with a rewrite by playwright Lucy Thurber.

However, Rodriguez was replaced by Bille Woodruff, who is set to direct the film, as wd reported over the summer.

The lead role – the sex-adicted businewoman, hasn't been cast yet; you'll remember that we said Nia Long and Tasha Smith were in consideration as the lead, and her therapist respectively.

Again, these were UNCONFIRMED, so we can't say with certainty that both ladies are anywhere close to this. Projects get passed around, and it could be that there was interest in either direction, and nothing more; and when the final cast is finally officially revealed, the starring actresses would be a completely different duo.

But what I can say with certainty is that Boris Kodjoe has signed on to star, although it's not yet public info what role exactly he'll be playing in the film. Those who've read the novel can speculate.

Production was scheduled to start this summer, but that obviouslt didn't happen.

Zane is of course no stranger to screen adaptations of her work. Remember Zane's Sex Chronicles on Cinemax?

Stay tuned…

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Too many uptight people geesh, Zane's work is erotica it isn't meant to be great literature and I'm glad because Zane's work is important her work explores black sexuality and explores a different way at looking at it. When Diane Lane played the cheating wife in Unfaithful ten years ago I don't recall the mainstream media saying she ruined or destroyed the lives of white women for playing a cheating wife.

Sometimes black people want film actors to live up to impossible unrealistic standards. Addicted is simply one film that hopefully will look at black sexuality in a different kind of way.

So, why can't black actors take on roles that aren't perfect, and live in a monogamous relationship on screen? Not everyone lives the cookie cutter perfect stereotype of what life is supposed to be. And I think Erotica is a genre where people are able to live through the art their fantasies.

I don't see why black sexuality has to be so sanitized and so pedestrian and so restrained in film. Not everyone likes the same thing we are all individuals. Zane obviously has an audience she's sold over 5 million books she obviously is doing something right. One of the problems I have with the black community is some people want to shackle other blacks from exploring sexuality. Not everyone lives the heteronormative life and conforms to compulsory heterosexuality. I think this movie addicted is a step in the right direction there needs to be more range in film exploring black sexuality in a spectrum.


I am actually offended at some of the names being thrown in here. Sanaa? Nia? These are real actresses. Unless either of them is facing bankruptcy, why on earth would they take a role in this? This lady is one of the worst best-selling writers I've ever seen. What was that first and popular novel she wrote, which everyone was screaming about? I checked it out to satisfy my curiosity. Well, let's say the fact that I don't even remember the name says it all. There are great movie ideas out there that would serve black actors well, why would anyone greenlight any of her hyper-sexualized, borderline demeaning, characters?


I understand what they are thinking and the choice of Bille Woodruff, but I think it's a horrible selection, and bad for him. They are thinking to get this strong Gay Man to direct this film and he will be able to bring some insight to the female point of view is wrong , smart move wrong director for this particular project. I clearly applaud hiring a strong gay man, although a strong female director would be the correct move and their are many. it comes down to his films and they always border on sudo silly. There are projects that are perfect for for him but not this one. It needs a strong female director and in-fact an older female director at that. Some one who might have some deeper stuff to add to the project then what is on the surface. They should have kept the original director. His selection always make me feel they are going for some Hip-Hop tone to the project!


That book was terribly written trash–didn't make it past the second chapter, but given Zane's devotees, I'm not surprised that this received a green light. However, I am surprised that Boris would be associated with her work. I've always thought of him as a class act.


The lead is Sharon Leal.


Nia Long, Kerri Washington, Anika Noni Rose, or Sanaa Lathan would be my first choices to pair up for the wife and therapist. I think the change of director is a mistake. No offense to Mr. Woodruff, but a director who has worked on "The Good Wife" is my choice for director. 'The Good Wife" is always on point with regards to writing, acting, and directing. Boris has lost a LOT of his appeal just by opening his mouth. He has made some offensive comments publicly over the last couple of years. I would choose Idris Elba, Terrance Howard, Omar Epps or David Oyelowo for the spouse.


I think Bille Woodruff, is a terrible choice that guy directed that terrible hip hop film Honey a while back. I think Addicted needs a female director and not a male director. I sincerely hope Nia Long or Tasha Smith are chosen for the lead female roles I feel they are bit too old for the part. Addicted needs sexier and more hotter younger black actresses in the lead. Kerry Washington, Meagan Good, Jennifer Hudson, or Beyonce, are better choices.


Forgive the text speak, but my only reaction to this news is "LOL."

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