Lela Rochon crossing onto TV’s ‘Bridges’

Lela Rochon, who recently completed work as the female lead in the Jean Claude Van Damme feature “Knockoff,” has been cast as a principal in “The Ruby Bridges Story” for ABC, her first project for network primetime broadcast.

In “Ruby Bridges,” Rochon will portray Lucille Bridges, the mother to 6-year-old Ruby, a young girl selected to participate in a federal government program to help desegregate public schools in the 1960s. Story is set in 1960s New Orleans, with Penelope Ann Miller and Kevin Pollak in final negotiations to co-star.

Marian Rees exec produces, with Anne Hopkins producing and Euzhan Palcy directing.

Rochon also stars with Dennis Quaid, Jim Belushi and the late Tupac Shakur in the MGM feature “Gang Related,” which is set for an Oct. 10 release. Additionally, she has completed lensing on TriStar’s “The Big Hit” with Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Rochon is repped by Chuck James of the Gersh Agency.

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