- Garcelle Beauvais will play a mother whose daughter is nowhere to be found in Black Girl Missing
- The film is part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign
- Beauvais is also an executive producer on the film
Garcelle Beauvais is set to return to the small screen despite a hiatus from her reality TV engagements.
Deadline exclusively reported on Wednesday that the 56-year-old actress will star in Lifetime’s upcoming TV movie, Black Girl Missing.
The project is part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign. Aside from directing the film, Beauvais is reportedly heavily involved as she is also executive producer on the film, which will feature a new PSA for Black and Missing Foundation.
The film, which is set to premiere on March 4, is reportedly inspired by true stories of missing women of color.
Beauvais plays a mother named Cheryl whose daughter Lauren (played by Iyana Halley) is missing. Desperate to find her daughter, Cheryl turns to authorities and the media, but both shrug off their concerns and instead focus on a missing white girl.
With authorities reluctant to help locate their daughter, Cheryl and her other daughter, Marley (Taylor Mosby), will enlist the help of amateur internet sleuths to find Lauren.
Based on the synopsis, Black Girl Missing will address the disparity in how missing people of color cases are addressed and how the media and law enforcement are reluctant to take on such cases.
Black and Missing Foundation co-founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson are serving as consultants on the film. The nonprofit aims to raise awareness of issues related to missing people of color, as stated on the organization’s website.
News of Beauvais’ starring role in the film came a few months after her announced she was taking a break from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“Guys, it’s been one hell of a season [on ‘RHOBH’]. I’m taking a mental break from it! If there’s something important to talk about, I’ll talk about it,” she wrote on Twitter in November 2022.
Weeks before her announcement, Andy Cohen apologized to her for showing insensitivity towards her during the RHOBH season 12 reunion.
At the reunion, Beauvais’ co-star Lisa Rinna admitted to trashing her memoir Love Me as I Am. However, Cohen did not address the issue and simply deflected the topic.
“I really have to apologize sincerely, not only for deflecting the topic, but also for not – worse – getting back to the serious conversation that was due. I have deep admiration for Garcelle,” Cohen said on SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” last October.