Toni Braxton is showing off her acting chops in Lifetime’s original movie Twist of Faith. The “Un-Break My Heart” singer stars alongside David Julian Hirsh and Mykelti Williamson, who is best known for his role as Benjamin Buford Blue in Forrest Gump.
Lifetime describes the film as a “fictional, cross-cultural, music infused love story”:
In Twist of Faith, Jacob Fisher (Hirsh), an Orthodox Jewish Cantor and amateur songwriter who resides in Brooklyn, New York, witnesses the senseless murder of his wife and three children. Catatonic, Jacob walks out on his Jewish mourning ritual, leaving behind his Jewish garments, wallet and keys. Abandoning his identity, he wanders aimlessly, hoping somehow to understand his tragedy.
Fortunately, he lands in Brent, Alabama (population 2,500), where he is embraced by Nina (Braxton), a single mother and the lead singer of a small gospel choir (an unlikely finalist in the competition to determine the best gospel choir in Alabama), her Uncle Moe (Williamson) and their gospel community who help his return to life while music brings Nina and Jacob together as they try to make sense of his past and their possible future.
Lead Singer: Grammy-award winning singer Toni Braxton stars as Nina, single mother and lead singer of a Gospel choirInterracial love: Toni Braxton stars alongside David Hirsh who just lost his familySunday morning: The choir looks good in their purple robe Let’s raise our voices: Toni Braxton lends her unique vocals to the Alabama choir in the movieConcerned: Nina (Toni Braxton) looks concerned about the upcoming competitionAfter service: Nina (Toni Braxton) chats with her on-screen uncle Moe played by WilliamsonWe won: Nina embraces an elderly church member after winning the competition while David Hirsh’ character smilesLeave us alone: Toni Braxton plays a protective single mother in the movie struggling with her past and uncertain of the future Down South: The movie is filmed in Brent, Alabama and takes on a lot of the Southern lifestyleAmazed: Toni looks at David Hirsh in amazement at his piano skillsFamily time: Southern traditions including cuisine is front and center in the movie
Braxton’s last major film role was in 2002’s Kingdom Come, which also starred LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Loretta Devine.
Twist of Faith premieres on Lifetime February, 9 at 8/7c.
Twist of Faith movie premiere…
Toni Braxton and her sons Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis attended the ‘Twist Of Faith’ Los Angeles premiere alongside their family and co-star David Hirsh at the Stephen S. Wise temple on February 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
The Braxton sisters, Traci Braxton, Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Tamar Braxton and mother Evelyn Braxton also came to support. The new season of the family’s reality TV WEtv’s ‘Braxton Family Values’ premieres this Spring.
Braxton’s 9 year-old son Diesel was originally slated to be a part of the movie, read what happened in an interview excerpt below:
“He was supposed to play my son initially but by the time we worked out the shooting schedule, school had started,” Braxton said of 9-year-old Diezel. (She also has an 11-year-old named Denim.)
“Even though he’s considered high functioning right now, he wasn’t in the past, and that’s why I thought him carrying the movie and trying to do the movie and tutoring would have been too much for him,” the 45-year-old singer said.
Braxton decided he should take a smaller role: “He was a little disappointed at first, but I think in the end, he’s happy about the turnout,” she said.
Braxton understands the pressure. Although she has had small acting roles and stars in the WE reality TV series, “Braxton Family Values,” which has its season premiere March 14, she is the main star of “Twist of Faith” — and that makes her nervous.
“I never had to carry anything before. It’s a lot of work,” she said of her role in the film. Visit theGrio to continue reading…
Lifetime’s Original movie“Twist of Fate” airs this Saturday, February 9th on the Lifetime channel.
The following are photographs from the premiere:
Kissy-time: Toni Braxton gives her co-star David a kiss on the cheekMovie interracial couple: The movie follows a single mother who finds a second chance at love with a Jewish manMulti-talented: Grammy award winning singer/actress Toni has shown the versatile side of the entertainment businessLooking good: Despite bouts of illnesses, Toni still manages to look the diva partHandsome dates: Toni attended the premiere with her two handsome sonsStrike-a-pose: Diesel and Denim sure are fashionistas at such a young ageProud of you mom: Diesel and Denim give their mom a tender kissFamily support: The Braxton family are a very close-knit family who support each other in everything
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