Nia Long, you are the wind beneath Idina Menzel’s wings.
The actress, most recently seen in ABC’s one-and-done comedy Uncle Buck, has landed the Barbara Hershey role of Hillary in Lifetime’s forthcoming remake of Beaches, TVLine has learned. As previously reported, Menzel will fill Bette Midler’s shoes as CC.
Per Lifetime, the modern-day remake of the beloved 1988 tearjerker chronicles “the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles, while Hillary is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.”
The pic will feature new takes on the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” and include several other songs recorded specifically for the movie. Production began Monday in Vancouver with an eye toward a 2017 premiere date. Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) is set to direct from a script by Bart Barker (Honeymoon with Harry) and Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania).
Long’s other TV credits include Third Watch, House of Lies and Hand of God.