Heather Graham has been tapped to star in Lifetime’s recently green-lit Flowers in the Attic, TVLine has learned. The made-for-TV movie will be based on Andrews’ popular 1979 novel (which was adapted into a feature film in 1987).
The creepy Lifetime flick will tell the story of Corrine (Graham), a recent widow who abandons her four children at her parents’ mansion after their father’s death. A disturbing family secret causes the children’s grandmother, Olivia — played by Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) — to lock the children in the attic, where the oldest boy and girl develop a… special bond. (Those who’ve read the book or seen the original film know where we’re going with this.)
Merideth Finn (The Rite), Michele Weiss (Little Children) and Charles W. Fries (Screamers) will serve as executive producers, with Kayla Alpert (Up All Night) penning the script and Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living) directing.
Graham is best known for film roles in Boogie Nights and the Hangover trilogy; her TV work includes Scrubs, Arrested Development, Portlandia and Twin Peaks. She’ll next appear as a woman from Hank’s past in the upcoming season of Californication.
Being Mary Jane is easy when you look like Gabrielle Union!
The gorgeous 40-year-old actress returns to TV Tuesday, July 2, when her new series Being Mary Jane premieres on BET in the form of a two-hour movie (you know, like Battlestar Galactica).
The show is a big deal for the network as it’s their first original drama series and hails from the producers of BET’s hit series The Game. But it seems like courting Union to join their lineup is an even bigger deal for BET as they boast “We Got Gabrielle” in a trailer for Being Mary Jane. Hey, can you blame ’em?!
Union, who is dating NBA star Dwayne Wade, plays the titular character, Mary Jane Paul, a successful TV anchor and a self-sufficient woman who remains devoted to her family, even if they don’t share her ambition or motivation. BET is hoping women everywhere relate to Mary Jane as she juggles work, relationships and family.
Long before Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, there was another young American woman on a trial for murder that became a media spectacle. Christina Ricci has been tapped to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.
Directed by Nick Gomez and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie tells the story of Fall River, Mass., resident Borden, who finds herself on trial for the brutal murder with a hatchet-type weapon of her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and his second wife, Abby Durfee Gray Borden, at their family home. She was acquitted at a trial, which drew national attention, though no one else was ever charged with the crime, which has remained unsolved. Despite being found guilty in the court of public opinion in her native town, at least in some circles, Borden lived in Fall River for the rest of her life.
Judith Verno (Lifetime’s Drew Peterson: Untouchable) executive produces the movie, which joins such recent entries at the network as Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, Prosecuting Casey Anthony and the upcoming Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, which also is exec produced by Verno. Elizabeth Montgomery played Borden in the 1975 ABC movie The Legend Of Lizzie Borden. Additionally, Chloe Sevigny was attached to play the role in a miniseries for HBO two years ago.