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BET Taps Paula Patton to Star in 'Sacrifice' Original Film

BET Networks has named actress Paula Patton to star in new original, legal-themed film Sacrifice, which will debut on the BET Plus streaming service.

The movie stars Patton (Hitch, Mission Impossible) as a sought after entertainment lawyer navigating the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. 

The film, which will debut on BET Plus in 2020 as a backdoor pilot for a potential series, will also star Erica Ash, Juan Antonio, V. Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena Brown, Liliana Montenegro, Marques Houston, and Josué Ramon Gutierrez.

Sacrifice is executive produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes, with Houston also serving as co-executive producer, according to BET.

“We are thrilled to have Paula and the talented ensemble cast join our first original film on BET+, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to quality storytelling while meeting our audience on all platforms,” said Connie Orlando, head of programming for BET Networks.

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