Veteran actress Angela Bassett will play Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, who will be played by singer Mary J. Blige, in the Lifetime’s TV movie Betty and Coretta, the Hollywood Reporter said.
The telepic, first announced during the network’s upfront presentation in May, tells the dual stories of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz as they carry on as single mothers following the assassinations of their husbands, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
Bassett will play King opposite Mary J. Blige, who co-stars as Shabazz in the effort previously known as Parallel Lives. Ruby Dee will appear onscreen as a historical witness to narrate the duo’s story as someone familiar with the events of both their lives. Betty and Coretta remains a working title for the project.
Larry Stanitsky, Blige, Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony are on board to executive produce the project, with Shem Bittermanand Ron Hutchinson attached to pen the project; Yves Simoneau will direct.’ Source
Angela Bassett has played some powerful roles including What’s Love Got to Do With It, a biopic about Tina Turner. She also starred in screen adaptations to Terry McMillan’s books, How Stella Got Her Grove Back and Waiting to Exhale.