Rowlands and Chabert in 'Sun'

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Gena Rowlands and Lacey Chabert have been tapped to star in the Lifetime original movie "What If God Were the Sun?" inspired by the novel by medium/talk show host John Edward.

Chabert will play Jamie, a busy nurse whose world unravels when her father dies. Her grief starts to affect her work and her relationship with her fiance (Sam Trammell), so her supervisor transfers her to a new assignment in long-term care. There, she meets Melissa (Rowlands), a terminally ill woman whose quick wit and strong faith has an impact on Jamie.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this spirited novel to the small screen and to have Lacey Chabert and Gena Rowlands star in this poignant film," Lifetime vp original movies Libby Beers said. "This is a moving story of a young woman who, with the help of a total stranger, learns how to cope with emotions she has never felt before."

"Sun," set to premiere in May, is produced by Fox Television Studios, JECO Prods. and Old Beantown Films. Brenda Friend (TNT's "The Ron Clark Story"), Gina Rugolo Judd (NBC's "Just Shoot Me") and Edward (Sci Fi Channel's "Crossing Over With John Edward," WE's "John Edward Cross Country") are executive producers. Stephen Tolkin (Lifetime's "Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon") is directing from a script by Janet Dulin Jones ("A Map of the World") and Jamie Pachino (Lifetime's "Not Like Everyone Else").

Rowlands, an Oscar nominee for "Gloria" and "A Woman Under the Influence," won a Golden Globe and Emmy for the title role in the telefilm "The Betty Ford Story." She also won Emmys for "In the Face of a Stranger" and "Hysterical Blindness" and a Golden Globe for "A Woman Under the Influence." Other film credits include "The Notebook," "The Skeleton Key" and "Hope Floats." She is repped by ICM and manager Lou Pitt.

Chabert, who is known for her role as Claudia on Fox's "Party of Five" and starred in A&E's "The Brooke Ellison Story," is on the big screen in a remake of the horror movie "Black Christmas." Her feature film credits also include "Mean Girls," "Daddy Day Care," "Lost in Space" and "Not Another Teen Movie." She is repped by Paradigm, the Collective and attorney Fred Toczek.
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