Tambay reported earlier today that Boris Kodjoe has been cast in Lionsgate’s 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.
We can now also add Sharon Leal and William Levy to the cast.
We’d previously reported that Nia Long and Tasha Smith were also in talks to lead the cast, as the sex-addicted woman and and her therapist respectively. Whether they still are hasn’t been confirmed.
It looks like Leal may actually be taking the lead role in place of Long, and Smith is onboard as the therapist.
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 directAddicted, 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.
Meanwhile, on top of Addicted, Levy has also been cast in a lead role in Tyler Perry’s dramedy, Single Mom’s Club, which Lionsgate will distribute.
Perry will write, direct, produce and star as well in Single Mom’s Club, which centers on a group of single mothers from varying backgrounds, who are brought together via an incident at the school their children attend, leading to the creation of a support group that helps all of them overcome personal obstacles.
No word on other casting.
You will remember when, in a July interview, the Dancing With The Stars alum revealed that he’d been cast in a Tyler Perry movie that was to shoot this fall, but he wouldn’t say what the project was exactly.
This must obviously be it.
It’s also worth noting that both of these are Lionsgate projects.