Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer join ‘Five 2’

Laura Dern set to direct a seg of Lifetime's anthology telepic sequel

Lifetime telepic “Five 2” is lining up high-wattage contributors on both sides of the camera.

Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer and Sarah Hyland are on board to appear in the Sony Pictures TV-produced anthology pic that depicts various characters dealing with breast cancer. Laura Dern is on board to direct one of the segments.

The first pic, “Five,” bowed last year on the cabler and was shepherded by exec producers Jennifer Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, who are all back for the second pic. “Five 2” hails from Sony TV, Echo Films and Freestyle Picture Co.

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