Fresh off "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," KeKe Palmer has been cast to star in the Lifetime television adaptation of the TONY nominated "The Trip To Bountiful."
Set to star as Thelma, Palmer joins Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson in the adaptation of the Broadway revival hit, which is set to premiere on Lifetime in 2014.
"The Trip to Bountiful, the inspiring story of one woman's quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family's future, is the best known work by Oscar(R), Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning author Horton Foote. Set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, The Trip to Bountiful is a courageous and moving story of liberation, as well as a humor-filled celebration of the human spirit. Michael Wilson, who directed the celebrated play, makes his television directorial debut with this project," reports Lifetime.
In The Trip to Bountiful, Carrie Watts (Tyson) begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie (Underwood) and her snooty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Williams). No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma (Palmer), a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.
"The Trip To Bountiful" is currently in production in Atlanta and is being produced by Ostar
Productions and is executive produced by Bill Haber (The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale), Cicely Tyson, Hallie Foote (Paranormal Activity 3) and Jeff Hayes (Rizzoli & Isles).