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Nancy Grace: LA Laker Metta World Peace ‘Was My First Pick’ To Star In Lifetime Movie Adaptation Of My Novel

The best news story ever, possibly? Yes? Yes. This news story for president: Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is set to make his acting debut in a Lifetime movie adaptation of HLN anchor Nancy Grace‘s first novel, The Eleventh Victim.

How did this happen, other than thanks to our collective prayers and pagan sacrifices? Allow TV Guide to explain:

How, you may ask, did this highly unusual bit of casting come about? Turns out World Peace and Grace became fast friends during their stint on Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars. (Garth is also a Dancing alum.) The Garlan character “is very dear to my heart,” says Grace, who authored The New York Times best-selling novel based on her real-life experiences and serves as one of the film’s executive producers. “I wanted to cast someone for whom I have a true fondness. Metta World Peace was my first pick.”

World Peace will play Garlan Fincher, a Georgia detective who works with Atlanta Assistant District Attorney Hailey Dean — played by former Beverly Hill 90210 star Jennie Garth — as she seeks to convict serial killer Clinton Burrell Cruise.

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