Nia Long is set to star in the Lifetime remake of the 1988 film Beaches opposite Idinia Menzel. Menzel and Long will play the leads that were originally portrayed by Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler. The telefilm will be directed by Allison Anders ad is slated to premiere on January 21st.
Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two teens on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles. Hillary (Long) 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.
Gabriella Pizzolo, Grace Capeless, Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria and Antonio Cupo co-star.
Beaches is executive produced by Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. The teleplay by Nikole Beckwith and Bart Baker is based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart.
Long is a staple actress in the black television and film community. Most of us grew up watching her perform in classic roles such as John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Soul Food, and Boiler Room to name a few. In addition to her numerous roles in television and film, Long appeared in the video for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky, and directed Yolanda Adams’s music video for This Too Shall Pass. Most recently, she appeared in the Best Man Holiday, Keanu opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and was recently in the short lived ABC television series Uncle Buck. Long has also joined the cast of Amazon’s Hand of God which is currently scheduled to return with it’s second season later this year, and just wrapped shooting on indie feature film Roxanne Roxanne produced by Forest Whitaker. She will also scheduled to star in the upcoming Netflix series Dear White People.