Kimberly Elise is ready to get cooking with the UP network.
“Diary of a Mad Black Woman” star Kimberly Elise has been cast in the channel’s upcoming original movie “Apple Mortgage Cake.” The TV movie, which began production this week outside of Toronto, is based on the true story of Angela Logan, who set a goal to bake 100 cakes in 10 days to save her home when she was faced with foreclosure.
Entertainment One (eOne) is producing the project, which is being directed by Michael Scott (who also directed UP’s upcoming “Far From Home”) and was written by “Franklin & Bash” writer Jamie Pachino.
Elise will play Logan, a single working mother with three teenage boys who juggles various jobs and provides employment counseling at the local mission. When her home is put into foreclosure, she decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them for $40 each to save her home.
As word of the bake sale spreads through neighbors, friends and members of her church, Logan’s story spreads to the news, eventually making international headlines. As orders come in from around the world, the fiercely independent Logan is taken off guard by the overwhelming support, but soon learns to depend on the kindness and love of others.
The cast also includes Kevin Hanchard (“Orphan Black”), Lamar Johnson (“Home Again”), Stephan James (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) an A.J. Saudin, among others, including the real-life Logan, who appears in a cameo.
“‘Apple Mortgage Cake’ is the inspirational, real-life story about how one good idea — and a ton of apples, sugar, flour and butter — can change a family’s future for the better,” UP’s senior vice president, original programming Barbara Fisher said. “We are thrilled to introduce viewers to Angela Logan and her family, who went from foreclosure to ‘overnight’ success and her own prosperous apple cake bakery in Teaneck, New Jersey.”
Entertainment One’s Jonathan Schwartz and Robert Lee are producing.