Harry Connick Jr. will star in a Lifetime original movie executive produced by Renee Zellweger chronicling the true story of Dr. Denny Slamon, the UCLA doctor who helped develop the breast cancer drug, Herceptin 2, the network announced Friday.
Written and also executive produced by Vivienne Radkoff, Living Proof will premiere in October on Lifetime Television. The project marks Zellweger’s first television project and the reunion of Connick Jr. and Zellweger who recently wrapped concluded filming of a new feature title Chilled in Miami.
The movie will document Dr. Slamon’s “relentless battle to keep the drug trials afloat and save the lives of thousands of women,” the network said.
“This is truly a passion project for all of us at Lifetime,” Tanya Lopez, Lifetime’s senior vice president, original movies, said in a statement. “Dr. Slamon is an unsung hero in the fight against breast cancer and no one is better suited to play him than Harry Connick Jr., who himself is committed to helping others.
Lifetime said the film will be shot in Connick’s hometown of New Orleans.
Living Proof premieres during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the centerpiece of Lifetime’s 14th annual multi-platform “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” public service and advocacy campaign.