Reba McEntire To Star In New Lifetime Movie With ‘Reba’ Co-Star Melissa Peterman and Boyfriend, Rex Linn
Reba McEntire will soon star in a Lifetime movie alongside her good friend and former Reba co-star, Melissa Peterman, and…
Melissa Peterman, Reba, Rex Linn; Photo via Facebook
The film, dubbed, The Hammer, was inspired by the life of traveling circuit judge, Kim Wanker.
According to a press release from the network, McEntire will play the role of Kim Wheeler, who is described as “outspoken, firecracker lawyer” who is appointed Juge of the 5th District of Nevada. As one of the few traveling judges left in America, Wheeler finds herself covering a new circuit after the reigning judge passes away under what is described as “suspicious circumstances.”
The plot description goes on to read: “With gavel in hand, she lays down the law with a no-nonsense brand of justice, that quickly earns her the nickname ‘The Hammer.’ As the investigation of the former judge’s death heats up, Kim’s sister Kris (Peterman), who runs the local brothel, suddenly becomes the prime suspect, and Kim must work even harder to make certain the appropriate justice is served.”
Linn is set to play Bart Crawford, “a mysterious cowboy with unknown motives.”
McEntire will co-produce the project alongside The Cartel and Pahrump Pictures with Stan Spry, Eric Woods, Anthony Fankhauser and Steven St. Arnaud. Jeff Beesley will direct from a script by Karen Wyscarver and Sanford Golden.
This isn’t the first time McEntire has worked with Lifetime. In 2021, she starred in and executive produced her 2021 holiday film, Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.
The country music icon is staying quite busy with television and film projects. In May, it was announced that she joined Season 3 of ABC’s Big Sky as a series regular.
McEntire previously starred in her own sitcom, Reba, for six seasons and later appeared in Malibu Country, Baby Daddy, Last Man Standing, and Young Sheldon.
Throughout her career, she has appeared in movies such as Tremors and The Little Rascals and voiced characters for Charlotte’s Web, The Land Before Time XIV, PJ Masks, and more.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.