By Courtney | Shadow and Act October 29, 2012 at 9:38AM
We can now officially confirm that Tasha Smith is indeed part of the starring cast (along with Boris Kodjoe, Sharon Leal, and William Levy) in Lionsgate's big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, which follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American businesswoman.
We'd initially reported that Nia Long and Tasha Smith were in talks to lead the cast, as the sex-addicted woman and and her therapist respectively.
It's been confirmed that Leal will play the role of the sex-addicted woman, while Smith is onboard as the therapist, as previously reported.
Here's the proper synopsis:
For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction...to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment -- and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her "fatal attraction" -- as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage... and her life.
The novel is described as a psychological drama; and Lionsgate initially tapped Rosemary Rodriguez (primarily a director of TV shows like L&O:SVU and The Good Wife) to directAddicted, from a script adaptation initially done by Christina Welsh, with a rewrite by playwright Lucy Thurber.
However, Rodriguez was replaced by Bille Woodruff, who is set to direct the film, as we reported over the summer.
Shooting has officially begun.