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TV One Movie 'Runaway Island' Premieres Tonight, Stars Lorraine Toussaint, Thomas Q. Jones, Aisha Hinds

Runaway Island premieres July 25 on TV One.
TV One original movie, Runaway Island premieres Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The film stars Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Thomas Q. Jones (Being Mary Jane) and Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness).

Written by Christopher Brandt, the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner, Runaway Island offers viewers a unique story about a group of troubled strangers looking to escape their woes and end up sharing a transformational experience on an island steeped in African American heritage and culture.

Runaway Island is a story about a group of troubled people finding refuge at Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island resort run by a unique interracial couple, Lara Cook-Nordholm (Hinds) and Erick Nordholm (Branton Box, The Purge: Anarchy). The couple's slow-paced, holistic lifestyle forces the island's visitors to examine the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships, along with their own insecurities, while taking stock of their lives and renewing their love for one another.

The island's guests include an affluent Capitol Hill grandmother and new widow, Naomi Holloway, portrayed by Toussaint, and her wayward grandson, Evan Holloway (Leon Thomas, Victorious); a successful pastor and his first lady wife, Reverend Clinton and Vonda Hines, who recently lost their daughter to leukemia, played by A. Russell Andrews (Grey's Anatomy, House of Payne) and Erica Tazel (Justified); and media socialite Kira Geoffries (Melanie Liburd, CSI, Stalker) whose engagement to NFL star Raphael Burrows (Jones) threatens her well-cultivated bad girl image.

Additional cast members include Tom Wright (All My Children, Barbershop) as Raymond Tepper, the island caretaker and uncle to Lara Cook-Nordholm, and Herizen Guardiola who depicts Freya Nordholm, the "wiser-than-her-years" teenage daughter of the island's resort owners. (Guardiola, an industry newcomer, recently landed a starring role in the upcoming Baz Luhmann Netflix drama, The Get Down, as the female lead Mylene Cruz.)

Watch a sneak peek below:



Runaway Island wrapped production last week in Point Clear, Alabama. The film is directed by Dianne Houston and produced for TV One by Gingi Rochelle of GR Entertainment Group and Allison Wilmarth Kovak of Cottonseed Studios. Craig Henry serves as executive in charge of production and D'Angela Proctor as executive producer for the network.

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