Stamos joins cast for ABC 'Raisin' pic

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John Stamos has joined the cast of ABC's "A Raisin in the Sun," the TV movie adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's play.

In "Raisin," which tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, Stamos has been cast in the role of Carl Lindner, who represents the all-white community of Claybourne Park in its efforts to buy out the black Younger family from moving in.

The three-hour movie also stars Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan, who are reprising their roles from the 2004 Broadway revival. The movie starts shooting soon in Toronto.

"Raisin" is a production of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment and Combs' Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Zadan, Meron, Combs, Carl Rumbaugh, Susan Batson and David Binder.

Kenny Leon, who received a Drama Desk directing nomination for his staging of the play on Broadway, is directing the movie. Writer Paris Qualles adapted the script from Hansberry's play.

Stamos joined "ER" as a regular this fall following a successful guest stint last season. He also is one of the stars of A&E Network's upcoming movie "Wedding Wars," which airs Dec. 11.

Stamos is repped by CAA and Brillstein-Grey.
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