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While promoting his upcoming film opposite Lena Headey and Karl Urban in “Dred 3-D” actor Wood Harris mentioned to Blackfilm.com that he’s set to play Malcolm X in the Lifetime film, “Betty and Coretta.”
Harris joins a cast that includes Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee, Mary J. Blige, and Malik Yoba.
The 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. Dee will appear onscreen as a historical witness to narrate the duo’s story as someone familiar with the events of both their lives. Yoba plays Martin Luther King Jr.
Larry Stanitsky, Blige, Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony are on board to executive produce the project, with Shem Bitterman and Ron Hutchinson attached to pen the project; Yves Simoneau will direct.