The actress has joined Cybill Shepherd and Ivan Sergei in "High Noon," the first of four Lifetime original movie adaptations to be made based on bestselling author Nora Roberts' books that will premiere in 2009. The other novels getting the movie treatment include "Midnight Bayou," "Tribute" and "Northern Lights." Peter Guber and Stephanie Germain serve as executive producers.
The adaptations come as a no-brainer after four previous Nora Roberts' movies aired on Lifetime in 2007 and were watched by more than 34 million viewers.
"Our loyal viewers are devoted Nora Roberts fans, as evidenced by the great ratings and popularity of our movies last year," says the network's Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President, Original Movies. "I'm thrilled to be re-teaming with Nora, Peter and Stephanie for four more enticing films."
In "High Noon," de Ravin plays hostage negotiator Lt. Phoebe McNamara who juggles taking care of her daughter and agoraphobic mom Essie (Shepherd) and her demanding job. Life gets a bit more complicated when Phoebe falls for bar owner Duncan Swift (Sergei) and later is assaulted by an unknown person in her precinct. Poor Phoebe is futher shaken up when she receives anonymous messages from a psychopathic killer bent on her destruction.
"Midnight Bayou" centers on a Boston lawyer who discovers a dark unsavory past when he buys rundown, postbellum mansion Manet Hall, which also has a surprising connection to a beautiful Cajun bar owner. In "Tribute," a former child star gets harassed and threatened when she moves into the farm of her late grandmother, a legendary actress, and starts uncovering an old mystery. Finally, "Northern Lights" revolves around a former Baltimore cop who moves to a tiny Alaska town and stumbles upon a brutal murder that could only have been committed by one of the 500 residents.
Roberts has often topped the New York Times best sellers' list and has more than 300 million books in print.
Sergei is known for starring opposite Amanda Peet on "Jack and Jill" and will next guest star on the upcoming second season finale of "Army Wives." His film credits include "The Opposite of Sex" and "The Break-Up."