Remember – it’s a Lifetime movie.
Here’s your first official look (via a 2-minute video preview) at Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming Lifetime original movie Betty & Coretta.
The tele-film will premiere on Saturday, February 2 at 8/7c, and will center on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King – specifically, it’ll follow how they continued on as single mothers, after their husbands were assassinated – their husbands being Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
As already reported, Mary J. Blige plays Betty Shabazz, and Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King.
Malik Yoba plays Martin Luther King Jr, while, Lindsay Owen Pierre is playing Malcolm X in the movie.
Ruby Dee is said to be appearing 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 is co-produced by Blige, as well as Larry Stanitsky, with Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony executive producing.
It will be one of 3 movies headlining Lifetime’s Black History Month celebration; the other 2 being Twist of Faith, starring Toni Braxton, Mykelti Williamson and David Julian Hirsh; and Pastor Brown, with Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Keith David, Ernie Hudson, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Nicole Ari Parker, Rockmond Dunbar and Michael B. Jordan.
Here’s your 2-minute preview: