*Actress Tia Mowry and Oscar nominee Viola Davis have each booked new gigs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mowry will star in “Mistletones,” an ABC Family movie set to air during the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming.
Mowry stars as Holly, a singer who auditions for the Christmas-caroling group her mother founded 40 years ago, the Mistletones. When she loses the spot to the best friend of the group’s leader (Tori Spelling), Holly forms her own group that faces off against the Mistletones in a singing competition. Filming begins in two weeks in Salt Lake City.
Mowry stars in the BET sitcom “The Game,” and in “Tia & Tamera,” a Style Network reality series with her twin sister. Her book, “Oh, Baby!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to the Next,” will be released May 14.
Davis, meanwhile, landed supporting roles in Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi flick “Ender’s Game” and Richard LaGravenese‘s fantasy adaptation “Beautiful Creatures.”
Hood will direct “Ender’s Game” from his own script, which in based on the bestselling novel by Orson Scott Card. The plot follows a gifted boy (Asa Butterfield) who enters a special military program that trains children to fight an insect-like alien species.
According to Variety, Davis will play a military psychologist who cares for the emotional welfare of the young recruits and helps design the various games that test and hone the children’s skills. Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley also star. Production is set to begin for a March 2013 release.
As previously reported, Davis’ co-star in “The Help,” Octavia Spencer, has been cast in the sci-fi indie “Snow Piercer.”