Nia Long To Star In “Beaches” Remake
Nia Long is out here spreading an abundance of black girl magic.
On the heels of her starring role in Forest Whitaker‘s Roxanne Shante biopic, the ageless beauty has landed a leading role in Lifetime’s “Beaches” remake.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Nia will play the role of Hillary Whitney, played by Barbara Hershey in the 1988 Oscar-nominated film.
The 1988 film follows the 30-year friendship between two women, a New York City performer, CC Bloom (originally played by Bette Midler), and Hillary, a San Francisco-based lawyer.
The Lifetime version, which began production Monday in Vancouver, shifts the film’s setting from east to west, however, with Idina Menzel portraying C.C. as an aspiring singer from Los Angeles whose path crosses with Hillary, the “daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny,” according to a press release.
The remake will also feature updated renditions of classic songs used in the Garry Marshall feature, including “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” in addition to new tracks recorded specifically for the Lifetime movie.
Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love) and Alison Greenspan (If I Stay) are executive producers on the project, which is being directed by Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) from a script co-written by Bart Barker (Honeymoon With Harry) and Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania).
“Beaches” is slated to premiere in 2017.