Alyssia Milano will star as a woman who is accused of shooting her boyfriend and then killing herself in a park in Brooklyn, the film’s producer announced on Monday.
Milano, 30, will play Donta Miller, a woman whose case has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt, and the movie will focus on her relationship with her estranged husband, who was shot by a man who later killed himself.
The film, titled The Real Housewife of New Yorkers, will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Chris Morgan, who also wrote the screenplay for the hit NBC sitcom.
The Real, starring Milano and other stars including Taylor Lautner, Tessa Thompson and Kelly Osbourne, has grossed $724.3 million worldwide, according to box office tracker Rentrak.
“I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for Dontas family,” Milano said in a statement.
“It was heartbreaking to see their loss and to know their loss is only compounded by the pain of the loss they endured and their search for justice.
I know their families are devastated by the loss of their beloved husband and partner.
I can’t wait to get back on set and bring this to life.”
The film’s producers said the film will be shot entirely in New York City, with actors Milano playing Miller and a woman with a different name, who they named Dontae, playing her husband.
Milan, who is currently starring in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was at the time of her death a New York Times bestselling author.
Milanao, who has been married to husband Chris Morgan for three years, has been involved in a feud with his ex-wife, actress Lautne Wilson, who filed for divorce from him in June.
Wilson, a regular cast member on the reality show, is now suing Milano for $8 million in a court filing, alleging that the actor abused and sexually harassed her in a 2015 episode of the show.
Milans divorce filing came after Milano filed for custody of their son, Christopher.
Milani’s husband is expected to return to court for a pre-trial hearing in the civil case in April.