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Angela Bassett to Play Coretta Scott King

Actress Angela Bassett arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "This Means War," at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, February 8, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Lifetime's Betty and Coretta film just scored Angela Bassett as its Coretta Scott King. The film will center on Coretta as well as Malcolm X's widow Dr. Betty Shabazz, detailing the two single mothers carrying on after the assassinations of their husbands. Interesting casting, as Bassett played Shabazz in Spike Lee's Malcolm X back in 1992; Mary J. Blige will play her this time around. Ruby Dee will also appear in a narrator capacity.

Photo: ROBYN BECK/2012 AFP