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Alyssa Milano has been tapped to star in the Lifetime original movie "Wisegal," a drama inspired by the true story of a women who became a trusted messenger for the Mafia.

Milano will play Patty Montanari, a widow with two young sons who becomes romantically involved with Frank Russo, a captain in a Brooklyn crime family who persuades her to work for the organization as a courier transporting millions of dollars from Canada into the U.S. When Patty learns that Frank has murdered his son, she realizes what he is capable of and begins to fear for her life and her sons' lives.

The movie will be executive produced by Joe Pistone, a real FBI agent who infiltrated the mob. "Donnie Brasco," the 1997 feature film starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, was based on Pistone.

"Wisegal" will premiere early next year.

Lifetime Networks president of entertainment Susanne Daniels was enthusiastic about having Milano in a Lifetime project, noting that she had worked with her when the actress was co-starring in the 1998-2006 drama series "Charmed" on WB Network, where Daniels was head of programming.

"We have been looking for the right project for her great talent, and she's ideal as the star of this riveting story," Daniels said.

"Wisegal" is produced by Daniel H. Blatt Prods. Pistone is executive producing with Daniel H. Blatt, Leo Rossi and Anthony Melchiorri; Danielle McVickers is co-producing. Jerry Ciccoritti is directing from a script by Shelley Evans.

Milano has been busy booking jobs recently. She just landed a multi-episode arc on NBC's comedy "My Name Is Earl," and TBS said Thursday that the actress has signed on to serve as an online personality for the network's new baseball broadband channel, TBS Hot Corner on MLB.com, providing reports and special features from ballparks around the country. Milano also writes the Touch 'Em All blog at MLB.com.

In addition to "Charmed," the actress is widely known for her role on the long-running ABC comedy "Who's the Boss?" She also co-starred on Fox's "Melrose Place" for two seasons. She recently completed production on the thriller "Pathology," co-starring Milo Ventimiglia, which is set for a fall release.

Milano is repped by CAA and attorney Bill Skrzyniarz.
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