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Lifetime Starts Production on ‘The Real MVP’ Based on the Life of NBA Superstar Kevin Durant’s Mother

Lifetime Starts Production on 'The Real MVP' Based on the Life of NBA Superstar Kevin Durant's Mother

Lifetime continues its partnership with Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and their Flavor Unit team to bring the inspiring true story of Wanda Pratt, a single mom who struggled and sacrificed to raise her two sons Tony and Kevin Durant, in the Lifetime Original Movie "The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story" (working title). 

As a single mom of two by the time she was just 21, Wanda tirelessly worked to make ends meet and put a roof over the heads of her young sons. With the support of her mother Barbara and of her best friend, Wanda focused all her energy on keeping her boys out of trouble and on the basketball court, selflessly putting aside her own dreams and desires to make sure their goals could be achieved. Her hard work paid off as Tony earned basketball scholarships while Kevin headed to the NBA. When Kevin was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player, he dedicated his speech to Wanda, naming her "the real MVP" for all of her sacrifices that allowed him to pursue his dreams.

Cassandra Freeman stars as Wanda Pratt; Tracie Thoms plays her best friend and confidante; and Pauletta Washington will portray her mother Barbara. 

The adult Kevin and Tony Durant will be played by newcomers Daniel Bellomy and Nic Few.

Executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Wanda Pratt, production on the two-hour film is currently underway in Vancouver, with Nelson George directing from a script written by Yolonda Lawrence and Ligiah Villalobos. 

Set to premiere in celebration of Mother’s Day this year, "The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story" is produced by A+E Studios.

"Latifah and I are so lucky to be able to collaborate with Wanda Pratt on her story. Wanda’s tale is both empowering and inspirational and we cannot wait for the Lifetime audience to see it," said Shakim Compere.

"The Real MVP:The Wanda Pratt Story" is produced by A+E Studios. Executive producers are Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Wanda Pratt. Gina Ford and Brynee Baylor are Co-Executive Producers. 

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Comments

Ashley

Nice cast! Cassandra Freeman was excellent in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, so happy to see her STARRING on the tube. She’s an awesome talent. I’m not a Lifetime movie fan, but I’ll check this one out.

AccidentalVisitor

This is just….sad. A Lifetime movie about Durant’s mom; a woman whose only qualification to fame is that she raised a boy who would eventually go on to become a great NBA player (who still hasn’t won a ring). Amazing. But, hey, if the formula works and black women continue to watch these films then so be it. I’m sure when the film gets good ratings this website will be there once more to tell us about it.

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