Mary J. Blige may have just been replaced in the role of legendary soul singer Nina Simone, but she is still getting film roles. She and Angela Bassett will star in a Lifetime movie about Corettta Scott King and Betty Shabazz.

Angela Bassett will not be playing Betty Shabazz. She will star in the project as Coretta Scott King. Mary J. Blige will play opposite Bassett as the wife of civil rights activist Malcolm X. Newly christened Betty & Coretta, the Lifetime movie was originally called Parallel Lives. Ruby Dee is also attached to the film. Dee will play a waitress who narrates the film. Betty & Coretta will showcase the lives of King and Shabazz once they became widows.

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The fact Blige has an integral role in the film isn’t the only reason Blige should be excited. Mary J. Blige is one of the executive producers on the movie project. Shooting begins in September. There isn’t a date for the movie to air on the Lifetime. We’ll keep you posted as we uncover more details about the film.



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