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Lifetime Rounds Out Cast for Two Movies

Lifetime has two new movie series starting up next year, and they just rounded out the casts for the first movies.
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Toni Braxton’s Fallen Angels Murder Club and Angie Harmon’s Barstow Lifetime films have finished the casting process. Both movies fall under previously signed deals with Braxton and Harmon to star in and executive produce multiple films for Lifetime.

Braxton’s ‘Murder Club’

Toni Braxton will star in the film adaptations of R. Franklin James’s Hollis Morgan mystery series as the title character. Braxton also serves as executive producer. Braxton is a successful singer and actress who is currently starring as herself in Braxton Family Values.

Eddie Cibrian (Northern Lights, CSI: Miami) will play Hollis’s boss, Avery Mitchell. Kelly Hu (List of a Lifetime, Scorpion King) also joined the cast for the second Hollis Morgan installment as Joelle.

Kelly Hu in Scorpion King, Eddie Cibrian in Country Comfort
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The first movie follows Hollis Morgan as she comes under police scrutiny for a second time when one of her book club members is murdered in the same way from the previous night’s book. Refusing to take the fall again, Hollis decides to investigate the other club members. After a second book-inspired murder, she races to find the killer before she becomes the next victim.

Other cast members include Keith D. Robinson (Dreamgirls), Lisa Berry (Working Moms), Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls), Kaitlyn Leeb (Spinning Out), Humberly Gonzalez (Ginny & Georgia), Rainbow Sun Francks (Umbrella Academy), Henderson Wade (Dear White People), Rob Stewart (Suits), Raoul Bhaneja (Blind Spot), and Shawn Ahmed.

Fallen Angels Murder Club is one of Lifetime’s Broader Focus initiative films that support hiring women in key production roles. The movie is produced by Brain Power Studio and written and directed by Rhonda Baraka.

Executive producers for the film are Beth Stevenson, Nancy Yeaman, and Baraka.

Harmon’s ‘Barstow’

Angie Harmon in Rizzoli and Isles
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Angie Harmon will be starring as Hazel King, a single mother determined to shield her daughter from her past lifestyle while protecting and defending those who can’t defend themselves. Harmon previously played Jane Rizzoli in Rizzoli & Isles and Barbara Gordon in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Kristoffer Polaha (Jurassic World: Dominion, Wonder Woman 1984) will portray Elliot, a mysterious stranger with a dark past.

Other cast members include Lauren Richards (Venom), George Paez (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Tim Granaderos (13 Reasons Why), Gabriel Rodriguez (The Suicide Squad), Casey Mills (Ozark), Ben Cain (Cruel Summer), Anthony Reynolds (Dopesick), and Nelson Bonilla (The Haunting of Hill House).

Hazel was plucked off the streets of Las Vegas at 15 and trained to be a hitwoman. But, a surprise pregnancy makes her leave it all behind. Now, as a single mother and running a diner in Barstow with her teenage daughter, Hazel’s past is catching up to her, and she’s pulled back in for one more hit.

The film is produced by Untitled Entertainment, written by Tom Evans, and directed by Howie Deutch. Angie Harmon, Michael Rosenberg, Laura Notarianni, Stan Spry, and Eric Scott Woods are executive producers.