Kelly Preston ('Jerry McGuire') to Star in the Lifetime Original Movie 'The Tenth Circle,' Based on the New York Times Best-Selling Novel by Jodi Picoult
Ron Eldard ('Blind Justice,' 'House of Sand and Fog') Also Stars
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 -- Kelly Preston ("Jerry McGuire,"
"What a Girl Wants") is set to star in the Lifetime Original Movie "The
Tenth Circle," based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same
name by renowned author Jodi Picoult. Ron Eldard ("Blind Justice," "House
of Sand and Fog") also stars. "The Tenth Circle" is a powerful account of
an American family and a story that probes the unbreakable bond between
parent and child. Production begins in January and will premiere in 2008 on
"We are thrilled to have Kelly Preston starring in this project, along
with Ron Eldard, in what is an extremely powerful piece about how far
parents will go to protect their children," said Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice
President, Original Movies. Adding, "We are equally thrilled to be in
business again with Jodi Picoult. She is truly a remarkable storyteller.
The incredible popularity of her books is a testament to the resonance and
power of her writing talent."
In "The Tenth Circle," Laura Stone (Preston) teaches at a local college
and is wife to Daniel (Eldard), a comic book artist. Their idyllic lives
are turned upside down when their daughter accuses her ex-boyfriend, Jason,
of raping her. When Jason later dies in an apparent suicide, the family
finds itself in the center of a high profile investigation that rocks their
Maine community. Soon Daniel's dark and controversial past is revealed and
Laura's personal secrets surface -- revealing just how far parents will go
to protect their children.
Kelly Preston has proven her versatility with strong performances in
smaller independent films including "From Dusk 'Til Dawn" and "Citizen
Ruth" as well as in hit feature films, including her breakout role in
"Jerry McGuire" opposite Tom Cruise. Since then, she has appeared alongside
Michael Keaton in "Jack Frost," Jim Carrey in "The Cat in the Hat" and
received critical notices for her role opposite Kevin Costner in "For the
Love of the Game." She appeared in "Battlefield Earth," a film produced by
her husband of 16 years, John Travolta, and most recently starred with
Kevin Bacon in "Death Sentence."
Ron Eldard, a former Golden Gloves boxer, has found success on stage,
television and feature films. He most recently starred in the ABC TV series
"Blind Justice." Eldard's feature film work includes Ridley Scott's
Oscar(R)-nominated "Black Hawk Down," "House of Sand and Fog" opposite Sir
Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, "Deep Impact" with Morgan Freeman and
Robert Duvall and "Mystery" opposite Russell Crowe. Eldard's stage work
includes the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" and "On the
Released in 2006, "The Tenth Circle" is Picoult's 13th novel, which has
won rave reviews from critics across the country, receiving an "A" from
Entertainment Weekly and called "gripping" by People magazine. Picoult's
latest novel, Nineteen Minutes, was released earlier this year and
immediately became #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Both The Pact
(1998) and Plain Truth (2000) became Lifetime Original Movies and My
Sister's Keeper, (2004) is being adapted into a feature film by New Line
Cinema, starring Cameron Diaz, Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning, with Nick
Cassavetes set to direct.
Other books adapted into popular movies by Lifetime include the
upcoming adaptation of The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards; four
titles from Nora Roberts including "Nora Roberts' Angels Fall" with Heather
Locklear and "Nora Roberts' Montana Sky" with John Corbett; Joyce Carol
Oates' "We Were the Mulvaneys"; Luanne Rice's "Beach Girls"; and Sue Monk
Kidd's "The Mermaid Chair."
"The Tenth Circle" is executive produced by Michael Jaffe and Howard
Braunstein of Jaffe/Braunstein Films (Lifetime's "The Memory Keeper's
Daughter" and "Write & Wrong"). Scott Goldman and Stephen Furst are also
executive producers. Peter Markle ("Cane," "Without A Trace") will direct
from a script written by Maria Nation ("Ice Bound," "Salem Witch Trials").
Kelly Preston is represented by CAA and manager Joel Stevens. Ron
Eldard is represented by ICM and Management 360.
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