When erotic fiction author Zane released her hit novel, Addiction, in 1997, eager readers had barely finished the book before envisioning the story on the silver screen. Almost two decades later, it looks like those readers will finally be receiving their wishes. The New York Times bestselling page-turner has been picked up for a film adaptation by Lionsgate, with casting heavily underway for the past few months. Starring in the lead roles as sex addict Zoe Reynard and her therapist will be Sharon Leal (Why Did I Get Married Too?) and Tyler Perry fan favorite Tasha Smith, respectively.
Actors Boris Kodjoe and William Levy (Single Ladies and Dancing With the Stars) also landed roles during the initial wave of casting. Rounding out the cast will be recent hires Tyson Beckford and Middle of Nowhere star Emayatzy Corinealdi. Bille Woodruff, the music director-turned-filmmaker behind Honey and Beauty Shop, is signed up to direct the anticipated film.
Addicted follows the life of an African-American woman who appears to have the perfect marriage and career, but harbors a dangerous sex addiction that threatens to tear her life apart. According to the story's synopsis, "As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her 'fatal attraction'—as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage... and her life."
Aside from the leads, not much has been revealed about which actor will play Zoe's husband and lovers. More information is bound to be released soon; shooting begins in Atlanta this week. A hugely successful writer, Zane once had her book series, Zane's Sex Chronicles, adapted for television, but the project flopped after airing for two seasons on Cinemax. While her fans made several attempts at having the show renewed (including ordering the premium channel just for Chronicles), they were ultimately forced to make do without. Yet given the major amount of eye candy that has been cast, and the huge fan following that Addicted and Zane have amassed over the years, the film adaptation should have no problem drawing audiences to theaters next year.