ROLE CALL: Remaking “Brian’s Song”

Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer and Ben Gazzara have been cast in ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney‘s Sunday showcase Brian’s Song, a remake of the Emmy-winning 1971 TV movie starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Set in the 1960s, the film recalls the real-life story of the friendship between two Chicago Bears players, Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Despite very different backgrounds, the two develop a deep bond that is shaken to its core when Piccolo is diagnosed with lung cancer and ultimately dies at age 26. The story also explores the relationship between a white man and a black man during the turbulent ’60s.