Lifetime released the first trailer for its new original movie “Beaches,” and it’s definitely a tearjerker. The network announced in August that it was remaking the classic 1988 Garry Marshall film about two best friends (played by Bette Midler and Barbra Hershey) who navigate life’s ups and downs together. In the remake, Idina Menzel will play Midler’s character C.C. and Nia Long will star as Hershey’s character Hillary.
In the trailer (seen above), C.C. and Hillary meet for the first time underneath the boardwalk at a beach. The girls become fast-friends and at one point are seen taking photos together in a photo booth. Despite coming from different backgrounds, C.C. and Hillary remain friends throughout adulthood.
The video reveals that C.C. makes it as a big star, and Hillary is there to support her on her journey. Towards the end of the trailer, things get a little emotional when it appears that Hillary has fallen ill. “C.C. I’m really scared,” Long’s character is heard saying through tears.
“Hillary, we are not going to give up,” C.C. responds.
According to Us Weekly, Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches” will include new versions of the original film’s songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.” In the 1980’s movie, Midler sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” earning her two Grammy awards in 1990. In the Lifetime film, Menzel will sing the touching song.
Shortly after Lifetime announced its plans to remake the movie, Midler tweeted her support telling Menzel that she was excited to see her take over the role of C.C. “Can’t wait to see Idina Menzel as CC in Lifetime’s Beaches! DONT TELL ME THE ENDING,” she posted.
Last week, the “Frozen” actress dished on her upcoming role in “Beaches” telling Entertainment Tonight that she initially turned it down because she was scared. “I don’t particularly like to choose projects where I have to walk in an icon’s footsteps,” she explained. “I found though — after I said ‘no’ a bunch of times, because I was terrified — that there’s a whole young audience that had never even heard of ‘Beaches.’”
Menzel went on to say that she appreciated Midler’s kind tweet about the remake. “It meant the world to me. I don’t think she’s very forthcoming with compliments. She can be tough, so I’ll take that,” she said. “I hope to make her proud.”
Lifetime’s “Beaches” will air on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. EST.