'Proof' is in casting at Lifetime

Familiar faces tapped for original movie on breast cancer

An all-star cast has been assembled for Lifetime's original movie "Living Proof."

Angie Harmon, Amanda Bynes, Bernadette Peters, Swoosie Kurtz, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Trudie Styler, Tammy Blanchard, John Benjamin Hickey and Paula Cale have joined Harry Connick Jr. in the movie, from executive producers Renee Zellweger, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

"Proof," from Zadan and Meron's Storyline Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, is based on Robert Bazell's book and centers on Dennis Slamon (Connick), the UCLA doctor who developed the breast cancer drug Herceptin. The movie, filming in New Orleans, is set to air in October.

Bynes plays Slamon's student assistant. Harmon portrays Lilly Tartikoff, wife of former NBC entertainment chief Brandon Tartikoff and the person responsible for raising money to continue Slamon's research. Blanchard is the first woman to receive Herceptin, while Kurtz plays her grandmother.

Peters plays the first woman in to be saved by Herceptin, while Styler and Coolidge play participants in the drug study. King plays a breast cancer survivor, and Hickey is a friend and fellow scientist to Slamon. Cale portrays Slamon's wife, Donna.

The movie marks a reunion for Zadan and Meron with many of the cast members, having worked with Peters, Blanchard, Cale, Styler, Hickey and Bynes.

"Instead of going to our Rolodexes, we went to our e-mail address books," Zadan said, adding that Zellweger also "wrote beautiful e-mails to people she had a personal relationship with, telling them what we were trying to accomplish with this movie."

Added Meron: "It is very heartwarming that the talent we've assembled easily recognized their ability to use their stardom and do something for the greater good, in particular breast-cancer awareness. People got it immediately."

Dan Ireland is directing from a script by Vivienne Radkoff, who also exec produces.