NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Nia Long will star alongside Idina Menzel in Lifetime's Beaches remake.
News outlets reported Tuesday that the 45-year-old actress will play Hillary Whitney, a role Barbara Hershey portrayed in the original 1988 movie. Menzel will play Bette Midler's character, C.C. Bloom.
Beaches is based on the Iris Rainer Dart Novel of the same name. The story follows two women, who meet as children in Atlantic City, N.J., as their friendship spans more than 30 years of love and loss.
The TV remake will shift the film from the East to West coast. Long's character is described as the "daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny," while Menzel's is an aspiring singer from Los Angeles.
Lifetime's version started production Monday in Vancouver, Canada. The movie will include updated renditions of the original's well-known songs, including "Wind Beneath My Wings," in addition to new tracks recorded for the film.
Long is known for playing Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sasha Monroe on Third Watch. She also appeared in the movies The Best Man, Big Momma's House and Alfie.