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Cuba Gooding Jr. to Star in 'Firelight' TV Movie for ABC

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Cuba Gooding Jr.

He will play Dwayne Johnson, a counselor at a youth correctional facility in the telepic airing April 22.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to star in Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie Firelight for ABC.

The Oscar winner will play Dwayne Johnson, nicknamed DJ, a counselor at a youth correctional facility where "the incarcerated girls and young women come from trouble, often violent, backgrounds." Co-starring in the telepic are DeWanda Wise, Yakina Horn and Q'Orianka Kilcher.

Firelight, directed by Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records) and written by Ligiah Villalobos, will premiere Sunday, April 22 at 9-11 p.m. on ABC. Brent Shields, Alicia Keys and Mary Martin serve as executive producers, with David A. Rosemont as producer on the Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions project.

Gooding Jr. won an Academy Award for his role in Cameron Crowe's 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. He currently stars in the George Lucas-produced World War II-set drama, Red Tails.