Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett are heading for Lifetime via the just confirmed feature “Betty & Coretta.”
Set to portray Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X) and Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King, Jr.) respectively, both will begin filming the project in just a few weeks.
According to THR, Bassett and Ruby Dee were cast for the project, previously titled Parallel Lives, Thursday.
First reported in May, “Betty and Coretta” will follow both women’s lives as single mothers following the assassinations of their husbands.
While “Betty and Coretta” is a working title for the Lifetime feature, which joins the recently shot remake of Steel Magnolias with Jill Scott, Queen Latifah and more, this film is also a big deal for Blige beyond her role.
Along with Polly Anthony, Larry Sanitsky and Jaja Johnson, Mary J. Blige will be executive producing the movie.
Production begins in September. An airdate has not been revealed at this point.