Orange Is The New Black‘s Taryn Manning, Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Joe Morton (Scandal) and Samantha Droke (Eastwick) have rounded out the cast of Lifetime original movie Cleveland Abduction (fka The Michelle Knight Story), about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro. Manning will star as Knight, a 21-year-old single mom fighting for custody of her two-year-old son, whose life was irrevocably changed when she was abducted by Ariel Castro (Raymond Cruz) on August 22, 2002, in Cleveland. Held as his prisoner in his home for 11 years, Knight refused to be broken by Castro. He subsequently abducted two teenagers, Amanda (Droke), and Gina DeJesus (Katie Sarife), and held them in captivity alongside Michelle, who then became a friend and sister to her fellow prisoners.
Michelle and Gina were ultimately rescued because of a daring escape attempt by Amanda Berry on May 6, 2013, who, with the help of a neighbor, broke out of the barricaded front door with her 6-year-old daughter, allowing all three women to finally reclaim their lives. Grier will play Nurse Carla and Emmy winner Morton is Agent Solano.
Cleveland Abduction is from Sony Pictures TV and executive produced by Judith Verno and Frank Von Zerneck, produced by David Rosemont, written by Stephen Tolkin and directed by Alex Kalymnios.