Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd and Aunjanue Ellis will star in Lifetime’s newest original movie, Abducted: The Carlina White Story. The film is based on the true life story of Carlina White, a girl who solved her own kidnapping mystery and reunites herself with her birth parents after 23 years.
White, played by Palmer, was abducted from a Harlem hospital in 1987 by a women who posed to be a nurse. Ann Pettway, played by Ellis, raised White just 45-miles outside of Manhattan in Bridgeport, Connecticut, under the name Nejdra “Netty” Nance.
When White began to suspect that Pettway may not be her birth mother, she contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Her story made national headlines in January 2011 when she was reunited with her biological mother Joy White, played by Shepherd. According to the organization, White’s case is the longest-known non-parenteral abduction where the victim was reunited with their birth parents.
Film production is scheduled to begin this week in Vancouver by Pilgrim Studios, reports the New York Post. The movie is set to air later this year.