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Kimberly Elise Talks Role In New Western 'Hannah's Law' + Compares VH1's 'Bounce' To 'Black Swan'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 31, 2012 at 5:08PM

Time flies... The Hallmark Movie Channel original movie we told you about last October, with Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise co-starring, will premiere on Saturday, June 9 at 8PM ET/PT.
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Time flies... The Hallmark Movie Channel original movie we told you about last October, with Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise co-starring, will premiere on SaturdayJune 9 at 8PM ET/PT.

Announced by the network today at the Winter 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour, Hannah's Law (as the original movie is called) stars Sara Canning, Billy Zane, Ryan Kennedy and Greyston Holt in a film set in a frontier town filled with crime and corruption, until Hannah (Canning), described as "a strong-willed heroine," and her friends, including Wyatt Earp (Holt) and Doc Holliday (Kennedy) take a stand for justice, as she tries to track down the McMurphy gang, which brutally murdered her parents and young brother.

It all ends in a dramatic showdown where a powerful secret is revealed about her family that will suddenly alter her lifelong course for revenge.

Any guesses what that powerful secret might be? Maybe they were slave owners.

Danny Glover will play Isom Dart, a father figure to Hannah; and Kimberly Elise will play Hannah's BBF, the first female, African American mail carrier, Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary.

A trailer for the TV movie has surfaced, and its embedded below.

Underneath that is a very recent interview with Kimberly Elise in which she talks about her role in the movie, what to expect from it, and she also gives some new details on the new VH1 scripted series she signed up for earlier this year, titled Bounce.

VH1 greenlit the series (no, not another reality TV show), ordering a pilot for what has been deemed a "professional basketball dancers" drama.

The new project will star the woefully under-rated and under-used Elise, newcomer Taylour Paige, and Dean Cain.

Sanaa Hamri will direct the pilot episode of a series that will focus on the lives and loves of a team of professional basketball dancers.

At its heart is Ahsha (Paige), a sheltered young woman who joins the squad against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been a dancer herself.

Dean Cain will play the coach of the basketball team.

In the below interview, Elise says that the pilot has indeed been shot, but no word yet on whether VH1 will pick it up as a series.

When the interviewer suggests that Bounce may be more like one of VH1's reality TV series, specifically Basketball Wives, Kimberly quickly dimisses that idea (can't blame her), and instead says that it's more like Black Swan, the dark, fantastical, Oscar-winning film (Best Actress for Natalie Portman) directed by Darren Aronofsky

She later clarifies that it's not as dark as Black Swan, but that it's similar in the sense that it gives the audience a glimpse at what goes on behind-the-scenes, the mechanics of it all, with the cast of pro dancers that make up the show; and also that it IS indeed a scripted series, not a reality TV show, as she clarifies with the interviewer.

But overall, she seems really excited about it.

Bounce follows the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies, also an hour-long original, scripted series, with black women in prime roles.

Alright... first, here's the preview for Hannah's Law; and underneath that, you'll find the interview in which she talks about Hannah's Law, as well as Bounce:

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