EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has its leads for a pair of movies based on internationally best-selling author Jane Green novels. The cable net said today that Justina Machado, Elisabeth Röhm and Matt Passmore will star in Family Pictures and Erika Christensen, Antonio Cupo, Andy Favreau and Carmel Amit are set for To Have and to Hold.
Both movies premiere next year, along with another based on Green’s Tempting Fate, which will star Alyssa Milano.
Family Pictures stars Machado (Jane the Virgin) and Sylvie and Röhm (Law & Order) as Maggie, strangers living on opposite coasts, leading very similar lives with husbands that travel for work too much and daughters about to leave the nest. But when their daughters befriend each other on a college tour, they soon discover a shocking secret that threatens to tear both families apart. Passmore’s (Jigsaw) role was not specified.
Manu Boyer is directing from a script by Ilene Rosenzweig.
To Have and To Hold centers on Alice (Christensen, Parenthood), who still can’t believe her high school crush — the dashing, wealthy and successful Joe (Cupo, Blood & Treasure) — would choose to marry her, and she willingly allows him to mold her into his ideal socialite wife. Despite Alice’s best efforts to be the woman of Joe’s dreams, he can’t help but be unfaithful to her. When Joe’s indiscretions impact his career, Alice’s life is further turned upside down. She unexpectedly finds herself falling for Harry (Favreau, Champions), the boyfriend of her best friend Emily (Amit, Ghost Wars), and begins to wonder if her fairy-tale ending could exist after all. Monika Mitchell directs from a script by Jennifer Maisel.
The exec producers on both pics are Green, Kim Raver, Boyer, Jocelyn Freid, David Fleming, Shane Salerno and Kara Feifer. Family Pictures and To Have and to Hold are in production in Vancouver.