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First Trailer for Adaptation of Zane's Erotic Thriller 'Addicted' Debuts (Pre-'50 Shades Of Grey')

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2014 1:09 PM
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Following the film's poster debut a week ago, I expected its first trailer would premiere soon after, especially given that "Entertainment Tonight" got a first-look at it 2 nights ago. So if you were watching, you caught of a glimpse of Lionsgate's upcoming adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel "Addicted," which follows the trials and tribulations of a professional African American woman with a sex addiction.

But if you weren't watching "Entertainment Tonight" 2 nights ago (I wasn't), you're in luck, because the full trailer has finally been released and is embedded below, giving you some sense of what to expect.

Directed by Bille Woodruff, from a script penned by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash, the film stars Sharon Lean as Zoe Reynard, who's married to the man she has loved since childhood (played by Boris Kodjoe), has 2 wonderful children, and enjoys a thriving professional life, but feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction... to sex. Finding a therapist to help her, Zoe finally finds the courage to tell her torrid story - a tale of guilt and desire. 

Joining Leal and Boris Kodjoe in the adaptation are Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, and William Levy.

The novel is described as a erotic psychological drama/thriller.

Filming took place in Atlanta in late 2012, with a nationwide theatrical debut now set for October 10, 2014.

Check out the just-released first trailer for the Lionsgate/Codeblack film, followed by last week's first poster underneath it.

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  • @milesmaker | June 20, 2014 9:09 PMReply

    Just my opinion, but this is too colorful; it feels too warm & cozy & comforting. I'm saying sex addiction isn't 'pretty' and after reading Zane's raw real & unapologetic novel, I believe the aesthetic should look more like Antoine Fuqua shot this--instead this looks like Harlequin after dark. Having said that, this IS a novel adaptation, so perhaps the decision to lighten it visually also means watering down its narrative to appeal to a wider audience. Personally I'd have satisfied fans of the book first & foremost, so good luck with this 'safe' depiction of a street lit Author's work.

  • Monique A Williams | June 25, 2014 8:54 PM

    Raw and unapologetic? Street Lit? That book was Harlequin-esque at its worst. I don't know what you read.

  • Donella | June 20, 2014 4:26 PMReply

    I'm afraid I'm going to watch this... and maybe enjoy it.

  • Beemooree | June 19, 2014 11:43 PMReply

    Good for emayatzi

  • troublemaker | June 19, 2014 11:02 PMReply

    Since when did a Zane novel become a theatrically release film? Am I missing something? I guess Lionsgate figure that Zane novels were much cheaper to make than keeping Tyler Perry. Lionsgate dumped Tyler Perry for Zane novels! Too funny!

  • Rad | June 19, 2014 10:50 PMReply

    Why does everyone have to look so glossy? Real faces with history on them are sexy too. Sometimes even sexier.

  • Miles Ellison | June 19, 2014 9:39 PMReply

    Straight-to-Cinemax quality soft core porn dipped in chocolate. Yay.

  • sogood | June 19, 2014 7:49 PMReply

    It looks so juicy, I wish tomorrow was Oct. 10th. Boris & Levi bringing mucho sexiness to the screen. Sharon Leal is one lucky lady.

  • kid video | June 19, 2014 3:49 PMReply

    This is giving me a TP Temptation vibe.

  • Yolanda | June 19, 2014 3:11 PMReply

    Good trash. Yeah I'll be seeing it ;)

  • alp | June 19, 2014 3:08 PMReply

    Heavy sigh... you neglected to tell us WHO is "theatrically" releasing this foolishness. That's relevant.

    You're forcing me to check the trades.

  • Monique A Williams | June 19, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    The book was one of the worst I've ever read. This trailer looks better, but that's not saying much. Of course, the therapist is as unprofessional as it gets. Ugh.

  • Niela | June 19, 2014 3:00 PM

    Haha! Yeah, it's like you expect her to go all "MARCUS!" at some point during the sessions.

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