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Lindsay Owen Pierre Replacing Wood Harris As Malcolm X In 'Betty And Coretta'?

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 10, 2012 12:13 PM
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Lindsay Owen Pierre
Lindsay Owen Pierre

Shadow And Act has learned that Wood Harris is actually NOT playing Malcolm X in the upcoming Lifetime original movie project previously Betty And Coretta, which stars Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Malik Yoba, as Coretta Scott KingBetty Shabazz and Martin Luther King Jr. respectively.

The film centers on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King - specifically, it'll follow how they continue on as single mothers, after their husbands are assassinated - their husbands being Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

About a month ago, Wood Harris said in various interviews, while promoting his Dredd 3D, which he has a part in, that he had was set up to play Malcolm X in the movie, which is currently shooting in Canada. But we've learned, via his agents, that the role has actually gone to Canadian actor Lindsay Owen Pierre (above, center).

Pierre's resume is relatively short, full of most TV work, here in the USA as well as in Canada; this will likely be his highest profile role to date.

Worth noting, both Pierre and Harris are listed on the project's IMDB page as Malcolm X. But Pierre's agents tell me that the role is definitely Pierre's. Obviously, they both can't be playing the same character, unless this isn't the kind of project we think it is. We reached out to Lifetime, but no comments yet.

Ruby Dee will appear on-screen as a "historical witness" to narrate the story, "as someone familiar with the events of both their lives."

Yves Simoneau, who recently directed a Beauty And The Beast TV-movie for ABC Studios, will direct Betty And Coretta, from a script penned by Shem Bitterman (he last wrote and directed a feature dramedy titled The Job in 2009).

The film will be produced by Blige, as well as Larry Stanitsky, with Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony executive producing.

Production has already begun, with a February air date planned.

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  • Josh | October 11, 2012 6:44 PMReply

    If you ask me, I think Wood Harris would be a much better choice as Malcolm X

  • Kelea | October 15, 2012 2:38 AM


  • Kelea | October 15, 2012 2:37 AM

    No offense to Mr. Pierre but I agree. Wood Harris has serious cops.

  • bondgirl | October 11, 2012 10:04 AMReply

    I don't understand why no one at S & A will just call the casting or production department to get accurate and unreleased information. They will usually tell you so long as you don't quote them, and you're not from a competing studio. You could've had a dozen posts regarding this film and others if you would focus on reaching the people making the decisions, instead of relying on "tips".

  • ALM | October 10, 2012 8:23 PMReply

    Oops. That's messed up that he was announcing it, and then the role went to someone else. I'm sure this type of thing happens all the time, but it's still messed up.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 10, 2012 7:51 PMReply

    Thank God. I was just thinking as I was driving from work that Wood Harris as Malcolm X. Absolutely not. I was hoping they would find somebody else. I am glad I saw this post. This just made my day.

  • ade | October 10, 2012 4:13 PMReply

    When did Mary J become an actress capable of being cast as such iconic Black women ?

  • julius hollingsworth | October 10, 2012 2:30 PMReply

    I hope this guy is a good actor. He dosent look anymore like Malcomb x then Wood Harris did.(lol)Make up please.(lol)At least Wood was a good actor.

  • No | October 10, 2012 12:19 PMReply

    Is there no one at Indiewire /Shadow & Act available to catch the typo in this article's headline about "Better and Coretta"? Or is this a play on words?

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