Another TV One original movie to add to your calendar – all part of the network’s plans revealed earlier this year, for a fresh original programming lineup that includes 8 new series and specials, 16 original movies, as well as new production relationships with new partners.
Lorraine Toussaint, Thomas Q. Jones and Aisha Hinds headline TV One’s original movie, “Runaway Island,” written by Christopher Brandt – the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner. “Runaway Island” tells a story about a group of troubled strangers looking to escape their woes, who end up sharing a transformational experience on an island – Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island resort – steeped in African American heritage and culture.
The film, directed by Dianne Houston, is slated to premiere on Saturday, July 25 at 8 PM.
Aisha Hinds and Erick Nordholm play an interracial couple who run the resort. Their lifestyle is described as slow-paced, and holistic, which forces the island’s visitors to examine the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships, along with their own insecurities, while taking stock of their lives and renewing their love for one another.
The island’s guests include an affluent Capitol Hill grandmother and new widow, Naomi Holloway, portrayed by Toussaint, and her wayward grandson, Evan Holloway (Leon Thomas); a successful pastor and his first lady wife, Reverend Clinton and Vonda Hines, who recently lost their daughter to leukemia, played by A. Russell Andrews and Erica Tazel; and media socialite Kira Geoffries, whose engagement to NFL star Raphael Burrows (Jones) threatens her well-cultivated bad girl image.
“It’s extremely rare to find stories that take you on the heartwarming and transformative journey that Runaway Island does,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP Original Programming and Production. “We’ve assembled one of the best ensemble casts I’ve ever seen on television, including the island itself as a supporting character, to heroically and honestly tell what it’s like to be afraid to love, to move on after the loss of a child or to reveal a much needed truth necessary for healing.”
Additional cast members include Tom Wright as Raymond Tepper, the island caretaker and uncle to Lara Cook-Nordholm, and Herizen Guardiola who depicts Freya Nordholm, the “wiser-than-her-years” teenage daughter of the island’s resort owners. Guardiola, an industry newcomer, recently landed a starring role in the upcoming Baz Luhmann Netflix drama, “The Get Down,” as the female lead, Mylene Cruz.
The film is produced for TV One by Gingi Rochelle of GR Entertainment Group and Allison Wilmarth Kovak of Cottonseed Studios.
Craig Henry serves as executive in charge of production and D’Angela Proctor as executive producer for the network.
I must say that this is probably the strongest ensemble cast for any TV One movie that’s been announced thus far.
First trailer below: