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ESSENCE.COM/By Myeisha Essex

There’s been much anticipation for Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige’s new Lifetime movie Betty and Coretta, and thanks to a new Facebook post, we now know a release date for the film.

An image of the two lead characters in full costume was posted on Bassett’s Facebook fan page with the caption: “Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett in an exclusive set photo as Betty and Coretta.  [The] film premieres February 2013 on Lifetime!”

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The movie will tell the stories of Coretta Scott King, played by Bassett, and Dr. Betty Shabazz, played by Blige, as they continue on with their lives after the assassinations of their husbands, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Bassett is already familiar with the story, as she played Shabazz in the 1992 feature film Malcolm X, alongside Denzel Washington.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Betty and Coretta, previously titled Parallel Lives, began production in September. The film is being directed by Yves Simoneau and executive produced by Blige, Larry Sanitsky, Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony.

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Other big names in the movie include Malik Yoba as Martin Luther King Jr., Wood Harris as Malcolm X and Ruby Dee, as a historical witness to narrate the stories.

Stay tuned for an official release date and movie trailer!

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