Duo comes full 'Circle' for Lifetime


Kelly Preston and Ron Eldard have signed on to star in the Lifetime original movie "The Tenth Circle," based on the novel by Jodi Picoult.

In "Circle," Preston plays Laura Stone, who teaches at a local college and is married to Daniel (Eldard), a comic book artist. Their idyllic lives are turned upside down when their daughter is drugged and date-raped by her ex-boyfriend Jason.

When Jason later dies in an apparent suicide, the family finds itself at the center of a high-profile investigation that rocks their Maine community. Soon, Daniel's dark, controversial past and Laura's personal secrets are revealed.

"We are thrilled to have Kelly Preston starring in this project along with Ron Eldard in what is an extremely powerful piece about how far parents will go to protect their children," Lifetime senior vp original movies Tanya Lopez said. She also called Picoult "a remarkable storyteller."

"Circle," released in 2006, is Picoult's 13th novel. Two other Picoult novels have been turned into Lifetime movies: 1998's "The Pact" and 2000's "Plain Truth."

"Circle," from Jaffe/Braunstein Films, is set to go into production next month for a 2008 premiere. Peter Markle ("Without a Trace") will direct the movie from a script by Maria Nation ("Ice Bound"). Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe and Scott Goldman are the executive producers.

Preston most recently co-starred in the film "Death Sentence." Her credits also include "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat," "What a Girl Wants" and "Jerry Maguire." She is repped by CAA and manager Joel Stevens.

Eldard most recently starred in the ABC series "Blind Justice." His film credits include "Black Hawk Down," "House of Sand and Fog" and "Deep Impact." He is repped by ICM and William Choi at Management 360.