Witt fired up for lead in Lifetime's 'Smoke'


Alicia Witt is set to star in "Blue Smoke," a Lifetime original movie based on Nora Roberts' best-selling novel.

Matthew Settle, Scott Bakula and Talia Shire also have been cast in the project, one of four adaptations of Roberts' books that Lifetime plans to run back-to-back on Monday nights in February.

The other three -- "Carolina Moon," starring Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson and Jacqueline Bisset; "Montana Sky," starring John Corbett, Ashley Williams, Charlotte Ross and Diane Ladd; and "Angels Fall," starring Heather Locklear and Johnathon Schaech -- are in postproduction.

"Smoke," from Mandalay TV and Stephanie Germain Prods., tells the story of Reena Hale (Witt), who as a child witnessed her family's pizzeria go up in flames. Years later, she becomes a detective working on the police department's arson task force alongside her hero, John Minger (Bakula), the man who found out who was responsible for the fire at her mother (Shire) and father's restaurant.

Hale finds happiness when she meets Bo Goodnight (Settle), a hunky carpenter who becomes her next-door neighbor and paramour when a pyromaniac stalker who killed any man she loved reappears in her life.

"Smoke" is executive produced by Peter Guber, Stephanie Germain and Peter Strauss.

Witt recently starred on the London stage in Terry Johnson's "Piano/Forte." She also recently completed her directorial debut with the short film "Belinda's Swan Song," which she also wrote. The film premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August and also was featured in the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

Witt, whose recent screen credits include "Last Holiday" and "The Upside of Anger," will next be seen opposite Al Pacino in "88 Minutes." She is repped by ICM, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and attorney Geoff Oblath.

Settle, who has been recurring on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" as the love interest of Kitty Walker (Calista Flockhart), also co-starred in TNT's miniseries "Into the West." Settle is repped by UTA and 1 Management.

Bakula, who played the leads on the series "Quantum Leap" and "Enterprise," recently guest starred on two episodes of CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine." He is repped by ICM.

Shire is best known for her roles in the "Godfather" and "Rocky" movies.