Dutton, Pena doing 'Time'


Emmy-winning actor-director Charles S. Dutton is set to star in and direct the Lifetime original movie "Racing for Time." Elizabeth Pena co-stars in the movie, scheduled to premiere next year.

"Time," inspired by the true story of Noel Chesnut, is described as an uplifting story about a prison guard (Dutton) who creates an unconventional sports program for some of the toughest and most violent female offenders at a juvenile correctional facility in an attempt to teach them teamwork, discipline and self-esteem and break down racial divides.

"This is a powerful, uplifting story that demonstrates the difference that one person can make by giving hope to outcasts in society," Lifetime Networks president of entertainment Susanne Daniels said. "Charles Dutton's incredible passion for this project is truly inspiring."

Lifetime was expected to announce the movie today during its portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

"Time" is produced by von Zerneck/ Sertner Films, Tiara Blu Films and Harbor Lights Prods. Diane Nabatoff, Rocky Lang, Frank von Zerneck and Robert M. Sertner are executive producing. Dutton, who also is co-executive producing, directs from a script written by Glenn German and Adam Rodgers.

Dutton, who recently co-starred in the CBS series "Threshold," won two Emmys for guest-starring roles in ABC's "The Practice" and CBS' "Without a Trace" and another Emmy for directing the HBO miniseries "The Corner." He also received Tony noms for "The Piano Lesson" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and NAACP Image Awards for the TV movie "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear" and the Fox series "Roc," the latter on which he also served as executive producer. Other credits include the film "Against the Ropes," which he also directed.

He is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment.

Pena recently completed the independent film "Por Vida." Her credits also include Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd.," the CBS telefilm "Suburban Madness" and the feature films "Transamerica," "The Lost City," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "La Bamba," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour."

She is repped by Innovative Artists and Rugolo Entertainment.