Did you miss all-black revival of the 1953 teleplay The Trip to Bountiful? Well, dry your tears darling, looks like you’ll still be able to see it after all. The Broadway play, which was extended twice due to popular demand, is headed to a TV screen near you, thanks to Lifetime.
According to Backstage.com, Lifetime is casting stand-ins for Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson…meaning these two women will be in the made-for-television movie. Tyson played the role of Carrie Watts and Williams was her bossy daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae Watts.
Shooting is set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia from November 4-30.
Although Williams and Tyson are set to appear in the film, there’s still no word on whether or not the play’s other stars will join them. Condola Rashad co-starred as the “Young Woman on Bus,” who Tyson’s character befriends. Rashad was replaced by Adepero Oduye when she left to star in the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Cuba Gooding Jr. played the role of “Ludie”, Carrie Watts’ son, initially until he was replaced by actor Leon Addison Brown when he left to go promote The Butler.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s the gist:
“Set in the 1940s, the play tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law, and an overprotective son who won’t let her travel alone. However, old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don’t go to Bountiful anymore…”
Throughout the play, Carrie encounters several roadblocks and meets a friend along the way. The audience goes on a ride as we see whether Carrie makes it to Bountiful or not and what she sees when she gets there.
Will you check this out when it comes to Lifetime?