Menzel is set to play the role of CC, played by Bette Midler in the original film, an aspiring singer from Los Angeles who forms a lifelong friendship with Hillary, played by Barbara Hershey in the original film.
The “Wicked” alum is set to sing some of the iconic songs from “Beaches,” including “The Wing Beneath My Wings,” as well as new songs.
Allison Anders will direct the Lifetime remake, from a script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith.
Production begins on August 15, aiming for a 2017 premiere date on Lifetime.
Menzel originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked,” and voiced Elsa in “Frozen.” She is represented by ICM and One Entertainment.