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Brandy joins Tyler Perry’s ‘Marriage’

Robbie Jones, Ella Joyce, Jerry Stiller also join Perry's 13th Lionsgate pic

Brandy Norwood, who goes by her first name as a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s Lionsgate pic “The Marriage Counselor” along with Robbie Jones, Ella Joyce and Jerry Stiller.

Jurnee Smollett stars as the title character, while Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams co-star. As Variety first reported Oct. 20, Smollett plays a newlywed marriage counselor who gives great relationship advice but finds it difficult to address issues in her own. Gross will play her husband, while Jones will play a smooth-talking client with whom she has an affair.

Williams will play the owner of the firm where the marriage counselor practices, while Kardashian will play her sassy co-worker. Norwood will play Gross’ co-worker.

Ozzie Areu, prexy of Tyler Perry Studios, is producing the film with Paul C. Hall. Lionsgate exec Mike Paseornek will oversee the project for the studio. Pic is currently in production in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios.

“The Marriage Counselor,” based on Perry’s stage play, is the helmer’s 13th Lionsgate production in the last seven years.

“I have a great relationship with Lionsgate and am proud to be making my thirteenth film with them,” said Perry. “I always appreciate the artistic freedom they afford me, but will particularly appreciate it on this project, which explores family life even more up close and personally than I ever have before and speaks about so many universal issues and challenges that are dear to my own heart.”

“This film is another wonderful outgrowth of our longstanding relationship with Tyler,” said Joe Drake, Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group prexy. “With ‘Good Deeds’ and now ‘The Marriage Counselor,’ he is exploring issues that affect so many people, like balancing career & family, freedom & responsibility, and passion & duty – all while maintaining his signature style and his singular voice.”

Norwood is repped by APA, while Gersh reps Jones. Stiller is repped by The Kohner Agency.

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