Steve Harris, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez, et al. Join BET’s ‘Let The Church Say Amen’
Hosea Chanchez, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Naturi Naughton, Collins Pennie, and Steve Harris have all signed on to star in the original film, Blackfilm.com has learned.
Regina King will make her directorial debut and co-produce under her Royal Ties banner with Queen Latifah‘s Flava Unit. No start date on production has been announced.
The telepic centers on a pastor’s dysfunctional family as they battle their demons and repair their relationships. Harris has been cast in the leading role of Reverend Simon Jackson. Rochon-Fuqua will play his wife, Loretta. Naughton, Sanchez and Pennie have been cast to play their children.
Although no official film synopsis has been released, the novel’s Amazon.com plot synopsis reads:
Reverend Simon Jackson (Harris) has always felt destined to lead and he’s done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend’s been busy tending his flock, his family’s gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel (Naughton), gives new meaning to “baby mama drama.” Crazy in love with her son’s father, she’s wreaking havoc on the man’s life, even though he’s about to marry another woman. David, Simon’s oldest at twenty-seven (Chanchez), has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. These days he’s seeking solace in drugs — even feeding his habit by stealing church offerings. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan (Pennie), a college graduate and the apple of Simon’s eye, is poised to take his father’s side as associate pastor — or so everyone thinks.
Loretta (Rochon) has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she’s beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it’s too late?.
Will you be watching?