[05/22/19 - 11:35 AM] V.C. Andrews' Heaven Casteel Movie Series Event Sets Premiere Dates July 27 - August 24 Jason Priestley, Kelly Rutherford, Daphne Zuniga and Julie Benz are among the featured cast.
[via press release from Lifetime]
LIFETIME'S BOOK TO SCREEN COLLECTION
CONTINUES WITH THE JULY 27 PREMIERE OF THE
V.C. ANDREWS' HEAVEN CASTEEL MOVIE SERIES EVENT
WITH FIVE NEW FILMS AIRING EVERY SATURDAY
Movies Feature All Star Casts Including
Jason Priestley, Kelly Rutherford, Daphne Zuniga, Julie Benz
And Introducing Annalise Basso As 'Heaven'
LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 22, 2019) - This summer, Lifetime brings viewers' favorite novels to life with Book to Screen movies, every Saturday night beginning this June with Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, three Jane Green titles, Tempting Fate, To Have and To Hold and Family Pictures, and will continue through July and August with the premieres of the V.C Andrews' Casteel Family Movie Series Event. The V.C. event is airing consecutively every Saturday at 8pm ET/PT through August 24th. Marking the last known series written by prolific writer V.C. Andrews, the titles in the quintet include Heaven, Dark Angel, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams.
The V.C. Andrews Movie Series Event follows Heaven Casteel and her siblings after their father devises a scheme that threatens to destroy their dreams and separate the family forever. Stars across all five films include, Annalise Basso, Julie Benz, Kelly Rutherford, Daphne Zuniga, Jennifer LaPorte and Jason Priestley, who also directs Fallen Hearts.
STARS ANNALISE BASSO, JULIE BENZ AND CHRIS MCNALLY
July 27 at 8pm ET/PT
Heaven introduces the infamous Casteel family, the least regarded of all the families living in the poverty-stricken foothills of the mountains of West Virginia. Yet the eldest daughter, Heaven Leigh Casteel (Basso), was still the smartest girl in the backwoods and determined to redeem her family name. However, her dreams become deferred the day her stepmother flees and her selfish father Luke sells her and her four siblings to different families. Heaven is sent to live in the home of Luke's deranged ex-lover, Kitty (Benz), who torments Heaven as Kitty's husband, Cal (McNally) lures Heaven into a forbidden relationship while she fights to reunite her siblings.
JASON PRIESTLEY AND KELLY RUTHERFORD HEADLINE WITH ANNALISE BASSO AND JASON CERMAK
August 3 at 8pm ET/PT
Dark Angel picks up directly after Heaven (Basso) finds a new life in her estranged grandmother and grandfather, Jillian (Rutherford) and Tony Tatterton's (Priestley) exquisite Boston mansion, Farthinggale Manor. But even in the world of the wealthy, there are strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. As Heaven reaches out for love, she is slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits.
JASON PRIESTLEY DIRECTS KELLY RUTHERFORD, ANNALISE BASSO AND JESSICA CLEMENT
August 10 at 8pm ET/PT
Based on the third book, Fallen Hearts follows Heaven (Basso), now happily married and ready to settle back in her hometown. But after a trip to Farthinggale Manor, Heaven is persuaded to stay. Lured by her grandfather Tony Tatterton (Priestley) to live amidst the wealthy and privileged Heaven seems to have it all until the ghosts of her past rise up once more, threatening her precious new life.
JASON PRIESTLEY, DAPHNE ZUNIGA, LIZZIE BOYS AND KEENAN TRACEY STAR
August 17 at 8pm ET/PT
Gates of Paradise quickly turns tragic when Heaven's daughter Annie (Boys) finds herself orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by Tony Tatterton (Priestley), Annie pines for her lost family, especially for her half-brother Luke (Tracey). Without the warm glow of Luke's love, she is lost in the shadows of despair and forced into submission by Nurse Broadfield (Zuniga). When Annie discovers a cottage hidden in Farthinggale's woods, the mystery of her past deepens. Even as she yearns to see Luke again, her hopes and dreams are darkened by the sinister Casteel spell.
JENNIFER LAPORTE, MAX LLOYD-JONES & CINDY BUSBY HEADLINE
August 24 at 8pm ET/PT
Based on the fifth and final novel of the Casteel series the prequel, Web of Dreams finally unlocks the mysteries of the family. Heaven's mother Leigh (LaPorte) had to escape from Farthinggale Manor and the secrets she harbored. Falling into the arms of Luke Casteel Sr., his devotion promised her hope as only Luke knew her deepest of secrets. Bravely she bore the suspicions of the hill folk, as she tried to grasp the happiness that long eluded her. With a baby girl, Heaven, on the way, she hoped for a chance at happy ever after.
Additional talent featured in the V.C. Andrews Movie Series Event includes: Chris William Martin, James Rittinger, Johannah Newmarch, Jason Cermak, Michael Karl Richards, Pauline Egan, Ben Sullivan, Liam Hughes, Tom Donadt, David Lewis.Matthew Nelson-Mahood, Jessica Clement, Samantha Coughlan, Christian Convery and Madeline Hirvonen.
Heaven is produced by Front Street Pictures for Lifetime. Executive producers are Harvey Kahn, Dan Angel, Jane Startz, Tom Mazza, Juliet Smith, and Marnie Termuende. Scarlett Lacey wrote the script for Heaven, directed by Paul Shapiro.
Dark Angel, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise and Web of Dreams are all produced by Neshama Entertainment and Really Real Films for Lifetime. Jane Startz, Dan Angel, Cynde Harmon, Arnie Zipursky, Allan Harmon, Ric Nish and Fernando Szew serve as executive producers. Dark Angel and Fallen Hearts are also written by Scarlett Lacey. Paul Shapiro directs Dark Angel while Jason Priestley directs Fallen Hearts.
Gail Harvey directs Gates of Paradise from a screenplay by Gregory Small and Richard Blaney. Web of Dreams is written by AC Cochran and Mike Rohl is set to direct.
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