Los Angeles, CA, November 30, 2019–Happy Thanksgiving!–Kirstie Alley (Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Cheers, TV Land’s Kirstie; STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN; LOOK WHO’S TALKING) has been cast to play the co-leading role of Olivia in the indie film A FAMILY AFFAIR, written and directed by Tim Bartell.
The comedy-drama on aging follows a professional photographer Robert, in a midlife crisis with a young wife, who falls for his tough-love mother-in-law, the actress Olivia, (Alley). Both are beset by life: Robert with an ailing mother of his own and Olivia with her distant daughter. The pair find an unusual mix of guilt, solace and laughter in a secret affair. Eventually, they must choose which means more to them: their desire to make things right with his wife and her daughter, or their love for each other.
Olivia wrestles with the shame of the affair and her position on the downward side of a long acting career. Her strength and sharp wit bolster her, but it’s her surprising vulnerability that may be her saving grace.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring Kristie Alley on board A FAMILY AFFAIR,” Bartell says. “Olivia anchors this production, and Alley gives the character the gravitas, experience and wry humor that have been hallmarks of many of her greatest roles.”
Bartell directed the indie feature DIRTY BEAUTIFUL, which won an astonishing 48 awards in 67 film festivals, and was distributed by Indie Rights. He is producing this project with Jeff Solema of Go East Media (THE VIRGIN OF HIGHLAND PARK, TREASURE HUNTERS). They expect to shoot A FAMILY AFFAIR in Los Angeles in April.
Originally from Wichita, KS, Kirstie Louise Alley is an accomplished and award-winning actress, comedian and spokesmodel. Her film breakthrough came with the 1982 sci-fi hit STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the Vulcan officer, Saavik. She starred for seven seasons on the NBC sitcom Cheers, earning a Golden Globe and Emmy along the way. Her second Emmy came with the TV movie David’s Mother. Alley’s other credits include DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, DECONSTRUCTING HARRY, The Goldbergs, Veronica’s Closet, Scream Queens and You Can’t Take My Daughter. Alley is repped by Buchwald and Untitled Entertainment.