Paula Patton To Star In Legal Thriller Movie ‘Sacrifice’ For BET+

Chris Stokes, Paula Patton, Erica Ash
Chris Stokes, Paula Patton, Erica Ash

BET+, BET Networks’ new streaming service is ramping up production on its original content. Paula Patton (Hitch, Precious) is set to star in Sacrifice, a new original movie set for premiere on BET+ in 2020.

Written, executive produced and directed by Chris Stokes, Los Angeles-set Sacrifice stars Patton as Daniella Hernandez, a highly sought after entertainment lawyer. The legal thriller tracks Daniella as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Erica Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.


Til Death Do Us Part

The film will feature Taye Diggs as Alex the love interest to Annie Alonzeh. The (All Eyez on Me) actress will portray Madison Roland, the abused wife of Michael Roland played by Stephen Bishop (Safe House), also starring Malik Yoba and Robinne Lee. Til Death Do Us Part is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to escape a violent marriage to feel safe, whole, and find the ability to love again. The production started principal photography in April of this year and is scheduled for theatrical release in October 2017 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

Christopher B. Stokes, the director of “You Got Served, Will to Love, Only 4 One Night, Weekend with the Family and Boy Bye”, will helm the project as writer/director. Christopher Stokes was motivated to tell a story that depicts all facets of a relationship when the pendulum swings in an unforeseen direction. The perfect relationship, the perfect marriage, the pledge “Til Death Do Us Part” that spirals into violence when one partner becomes unhinged. For survivors of Domestic Violence, who have been wounded both physically and emotionally, the movie is meant to bring awareness of the courage it takes to be a survivor and to draw attention to an issue that has become a national epidemic. Stokes is an amazing director with a unique vision of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity that will bring the characters to life.

The October release is in recognition and solidarity with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Says Stokes, “I can’t think of a more thrilling and timely film project to draw attention to the movement. Madison Roland is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life.”