Here’s you first look, although not a very good one, at Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming Lifetime original movie project previously titled Parallel Lives, but is now titled, Betty And Coretta.
The image above was posted on Angela Bassett’s Facebook fan page this afternoon, with the caption:
Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett in an exclusive set photo as “Betty and Coretta.” Film premieres February 2013 on Lifetime!
And with that, we can now say that the film will premiere on the Lifetime network in February 2013, something we didn’t know before today.
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, Wood Harris is playing 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.
If February is indeed the due date, look for a first trailer soon.