William Keck of TV Guide reports that L.A. Lakers forward Metta World Peace will play a major role (a detective, to be exact) in a movie adaptation of Nancy Grace’s novel, The Eleventh Victim. It’ll be an original Lifetime Movie Network film.
Peace will set down his basketball to play Garlan Fincher, a Georgia detective who works very closely with Atlanta Assistant District Attorney Hailey Dean, played by Beverly Hills, 90210 vet Jennie Garth.
How, you may ask, did this highly unusual bit of casting come about? Turns out World Peace and Grace became fast friends during their stint on Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars. (Garth is also a Dancing alum.) The Garlan character “is very dear to my heart,” says Grace, who authored The New York Times best-selling novel based on her real-life experiences and serves as one of the film’s executive producers. “I wanted to cast someone for whom I have a true fondness. Metta World Peace was my first pick.”
The Eleventh Victim follows Garth’s cha...