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‘Once Upon a Time’ actress to star in 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel

‘Once Upon a Time’ actress to star in 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel
‘Once Upon a Time’ actress to star in 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel
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Rose McIver has won the role of Cathy Dollanganger in the Lifetime sequel to “Flowers in the Attic” called “Petals on the Wind.” The actress replaces Kiernan Shipka who played the part in the first movie according to a post on Feb. 18 by the Hollywood Reporter.

In the 1980s V.C. Andrews series, “Petals on the Wind” picks up right where “Flowers in the Attic” left off. However, Lifetime has adapted the story and it now takes place about 10 years later, necessitating the recasting of the Dollanganger family.

The story is set in 1971 and follows the lives of the three Dollanganger sisters who are now fully grown as they try to shed the legacy of the abuse they suffered at the hands of their mother. Try though they might, they are troubled by lingering guilt and tragedy that follows them into the present. Cathy takes it upon herself to get revenge on their mother.

Both Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn, who played matriarch Corrine Dollanganger and grandmother Olivia Foxworth in “Flowers in the Attic”, are reprising their roles.

In the first story, “Flowers in the Attic,” The Dollanganger kids are tucked away in their grandmother’s attic following the death of their father so their mother can reclaim the family fortune. She promises it won’t be long until they can be together but soon she visits less and less and before long finds a new boyfriend and moves on with her life. The four siblings are left to comfort one another in whatever way they can.

The New Zealand-born McIver has a recurring role on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as Tinker Bell and she also appears on Showtime's “Masters of Sex.” Moviegoers may remember her from “The Lovely Bones” and “Brightest Star.”

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