*Toni Braxton is set to play herself in a Lifetime movie about her life, which truly is groundbreaking casting.
After all, not many celebs live to see their own story play out on the big or small screen, and if they are still living, then Hollywood tends to cast the complete opposite of what you’d expect.
For instance, they could’ve cast Caitlyn Jenner to play Toni… HEY – stranger things have happened! Never forget that Hollywood slapped Zoe Saldana in Blackface, added a prosthetic African nose and called her Nina Simone. Strange, yes? Black Twitter went in, and we STILL haven’t heard anything about Zoe’s Nina film.
According to The Wrap, “Un-Break My Heart” is based on Toni’s 2014 memoir of the same title. The “authorized life story” will highlight the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer’s battle with lupus, financial woes, and divorce while raising a son with autism. Lifetime bills “Un-Break My Heart” as “the never-before-told story of the measures Braxton took to make herself and her family whole again, serving as an inspiration to people around the world.”
In addition to starring in the film, Toni will also serve as executive producer. “Un-Break My Heart” goes into production later this year. It joins the cable net’s recent biopics on R&B stars Whitney Houston and Aaliyah.
Braxton currently stars in WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values,” which follows the relationships, careers and personal lives of Toni and her four sisters, Tamar, Towanda, Trina and Traci, along with their mother Evelyn.
Lifetime’s announcement of “Un-Break My Heart” comes on the heels of NBC’s upcoming “Coat Of Many Colors,” based on the life of singer Dolly Parton.