Paula Patton has been tapped to star in Sacrifice, a BET legal thriller which they have primed for their upcoming streaming service, BET+. A two-hour original movie, the film will also serve as a backdoor pilot for a possible series on the streamer. Produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes, it also stars Erica Ash and Marques Houston (also a co-producer). The film will premiere on BET+ in 2020.
The project, set in Los Angeles, follows Daniella Hernandez (Patton) a highly sought after entertainment lawyer. “The legal thriller tracks Daniella as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.”
“I’m excited to be a part of the BET family and their newest endeavor BET+,” said Paula Patton in a statement received by Shadow And Act.
“We are thrilled to have Paula and the talented ensemble cast join our first original film on BET+, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to quality storytelling while meeting our audience on all platforms,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming, BET Networks
Chris Stokes added, “Sacrifice will give viewers a hot, steamy look into the life of a high powered entertainment attorney and how she handles the perils that come with working in the entertainment industry. Many people probably assume that entertainment attorneys only make deals and review paperwork, but there is so much more to what they have to do and what they must do in certain situations to get their job done. I believe the edginess and relevancy of the storyline will bring a fresh new breed of viewers to the network.”
Check out the characters’ official descriptions below:
PAULA PATTON will play DANIELLA HERNANDEZ
Daniella is an all-around boss and power player. As an entertainment attorney, she uses her quick-wit and attention to detail to secure clients and manage their unruly lives.
ERICA ASH will play BEVERLY NICOLE RUCKER
A powerful district attorney, and sorority sister of Daniella, Beverly is relentless in her pursuit to rid the city of celebrities who live above the law.
JUAN ANTONIO will play DOMINIQ MAYFIELD AKA BIG DOM
Big Dom is a powerful, confident and extraordinarily successful hip hop artist and mogul. He and Daniella have a long history.
V. BOZEMAN will play TAMIKA BLAND
Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant, Tamika is a professional partner and personal confidante.
ALTONIO JACKSON will play STEVEN SOMWON
An ex-hacker, Steven is pulled into Daniella’s camp after working at her firm in the mailroom.
NELSON BONILLA will play MIGUEL
Daniella’s trusted driver and fatherly figure. Miguel has a unique and specific skill set. It’s those sets of skills, combined with his fidelity to Daniella, that make him a valuable asset to the team.
MICHAEL TOLAND will play ARNOLD LANG
Arnold is the founding partner of Daniella’s firm, Lang & Associates.
JAMES TREVENA-BROWN will play JOSHUA LANG
Joshua is Arnold Lang’s son and next in line to make partner at the company.
LILIANA MONTENEGRO will play GABRIELLA HERNANDEZ
Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt who comforts her at home.
MARQUES HOUSTON will play JASON PRATT
Jason is a young Assistant District Attorney who knows the law better than anyone and does everything by the book.
JOSUÉ RAMON GUTIERREZ will play OSCAR BAPTISTE
A client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.
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