Imperioli is booked for Albom's 'Day'


In his first major role since the end of "The Sopranos," Emmy winner Michael Imperioli is set to star alongside Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn in ABC's original movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day."

Based on Albom's best-selling book, the Harpo Films production centers on Chick Benetto (Imperioli), a former baseball player battling alcoholism and depression who, on the verge of taking his life, is magically granted one more day with his deceased mother (Burstyn), who shows him a way to redemption.

Albom wrote the screenplay for "Day," which will be directed by Lloyd Kramer. Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte, who also executive produced ABC's Emmy- winning adaptation of Albom's best-seller "Tuesdays With Morrie," are executive producing.

Production on "Day" began Wednesday in Norwalk, Conn.

For Imperioli, the role draws parallels to his trademark "Sopranos" character Christopher Moltisanti, who suffered from drug addiction.

Burstyn most recently appeared in the feature "The Fountain."