Whoopi Goldberg will executive produce an upcoming movie for Lifetime inspired by a true story of cyber bullying and “sextortion.”
The original film titled Caught in His Web will star Garcelle Beauvais (Spider-Man: Homecoming, NYPD Blue, The Real) as a detective determined to help a group of teenage girls who are terrorized by a cyberbully named “Blake,” Lifetime said in a press release Wednesday.
The movie centers on three high school girls Emma (Alison Thorton), Olivia (Malia Baker) and Gabby (Emma Tremblay) who are all tormented by Blake as he coerces them to send nude photos and continually harasses them and tracks their every move. Feeling extremely alone and experiencing anxiety, depression and fear, the girls later discover they are not alone. They decide to join forces and enlist the help of Detective Holland (Beauvais) in the hunt to unmask their harasser and end their nightmare.
Caught in His Web is produced for Lifetime by Cyber Productions, Inc. in association with Johnson Production Group. Goldberg, Tim Johnson, Stacy Mandelberg, Jason Egenberg, Jack Heller, Tom Leonardis), Brendan Deneen, and Scott Veltri are executive producers. Caitlin de Lisser-Ellen serves as co-executive producer. Hannah Cheesman directs from a script written by Danielle Iman.
The project marks a return to Lifetime for Whoopi Goldberg. The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winner previously executive produced and starred in the network’s movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short and executive produced the drama series Strong Medicine.
Caught in His Web is slated to premiere on Lifetime in 2022.