S. Epatha Merkerson, Ernie Sabella Set for The Challenger Movie
The film focuses on an auto mechanic in the Bronx (to be played by writer/director Moran), who must return to his life as a boxer after he and his mother (Merkerson) are evicted from their home. The cast will also feature Michael Clarke Duncan, Justin Hartley and Lindsay Hartley.
Merkerson received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Come Back, Little Sheba and The Piano Lesson. Among her other theater credits are Birdie Blue, F*cking A, and Three Ways Home. The actress received both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for her performance in the television version of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues and may be best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Van Buren on NBC's Law & Order.