'Sister Cities' Unites Your Favorite TV Stars

The latest movie coming to Lifetime is made up of tough decisions, sisterly bonds, and family secrets, and though those are common elements of the network's original movies, that's actually not the case this time. In August, Variety reported that Lifetime had acquired the TV rights to Sister Cities — a film based on the critically acclaimed play by Colette Freedman — and it will air on the network for the first time this Saturday at 8 p.m. Even though it's actually a movie, the Sister Cities cast is filled with many established TV stars, four of whom play estranged sisters with who are each named after a city. But it's not just the sisters who are familiar. Though the movie is peppered with a few fresh faces, you're likely to recognize a ton of actors if you tune into Sister Cities this weekend.

According to Lifetime's synopsis, Sister Cities is about the sisters coming together after their mother's passing. The synopsis also reads:

"As the local police investigate the circumstances of Mary’s death, old animosities among the sisters resurface, and a dark secret threatens to tear the family apart. Faced with a horrifying truth, the estranged sisters must choose to either turn their back on the only family they have known, or risk everything to protect one another."

Here are the stars who will be dealing with all of that drama in Sister Cities.

Stana Katic (Carolina)


The former Castle star heads to Lifetime to play Carolina, one of Mary Baxter's daughters. Sister Cities is one of four films that the TV actress has lined up post-Castle.

Kaia Gerber (Young Carolina)

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Gerber is better known for modeling than acting, as this is her film debut. However, you've probably seen her in the pages of Love Magazine, where she was photographed by none other than Kendall Jenner. Oh, and just in case the resemblance wasn't enough to give it away, she's Cindy Crawford's daughter.

Jess Weixler (Austin)

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Weixler plays another sister, though you may not recognize her with dark hair. Weixler is a bit of an indie movie darling: one of her most notable roles was in 2007's horror flick Teeth. She also had a 19-episode arc on The Good Wife as Robyn Burdine.

Michelle Trachtenberg (Dallas)

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Trachtenberg starred in two beloved shows: Gossip Girl, in which she played the conniving Georgina Sparks, and Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, in which she played Buffy's little sis Dawn Summers.

Troian Bellisario (Baltimore)

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Fans who are used to seeing Bellisario play Spencer on Pretty Little Liars should love watching her tackle a new role that still lets her get involved in a mystery. Bellisario also recently starred in the American remake of horror film Martyrs.

Jacki Weaver (Mary)


The Australian actor, who plays matriarch Mary, has had a long career in film, TV, and theater, and one of the more recent projects you may recognize her from is Silver Linings Playbook.

Amy Smart (Young Mary)

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Smart has appeared in some of your favorite movies of the '90s and early '00s, including Varsity Blues, Just Friends, and The Butterfly Effect. (Though the last one might just be one of my favorite movies.) She plays the younger version of Weaver's character.

Tom Everett Scott (Chief Brady)

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Scott is best known for his role as Guy Patterson in That Thing You Do!, but has also appeared on TV shows like Reign, Southland, and MTV's Scream.

Alfred Molina (Mort)

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The Angie Tribeca star, who plays Mort in the upcoming Lifetime movie, will also appear in Ryan Murphy's Bette Davis and Joan Crawford TV series, Feud, as Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? director Robert Aldrich. He also received an Emmy nomination for his onscreen work in Murphy's HBO film The Normal Heart.

Kathy Baker (Janis)

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The Picket Fences star — she played Dr. Jill Brock for 88 episodes — has appeared on TV shows like Medium, Boston Public, and Big Time In Hollywood, FL.

Aimee Garcia (Sarah)

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The actress has appeared on a ton of recent TV shows, including the new Rush Hour series. She also portrayed Jamie, Dexter's son's nanny, on Dexter and appeared on George Lopez, Trauma, and Off The Map.

This cast should be more than enough to make you want to watch Sister Cities this weekend, and the mystery at the film's center will make it even better.

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