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Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige cast in ‘Betty & Coretta’

Angela Bassett, a cast member in "This Means War," poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. The film will be released in theaters on Friday, February 17. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

By//Mariah Craddick

In some exciting movie news, Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige have been cast as the leads in the upcoming Lifetime movie Betty and Coretta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bassett will play Coretta Scott King, with Blige as Dr. Betty Shabazz, in the movie, which tells the stories of their lives after the assassinations of their husbands, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X.

Emmy-winner Ruby Dee will narrate.

Betty and Coretta is the working title for the film that begins production in September.