'Ruby' Full Cast List: Meet Raechelle Banno, Naomi Judd and rest of the actors on Lifetime's adaptation of VC Andrews' novel
'Ruby' will feature real-life twins Raechelle and Karina Banno sharing screen space
Lifetime kicks off a new series of movies inspired by author VC Andrews' novels — the 'Landry Series'. 'Ruby' is the first movie that will start the series and will be followed by three more made-for-TV movies.
According to the Lifetime website, the synopsis of 'Ruby' reads: "'Ruby' centers on Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno), born in the Louisiana bayou and watched over by her loving Grandmère Catherine (Judd). Ruby is filled with hope as love blooms with her high school sweetheart Paul Tate (Duke), but lingering thoughts of her mysterious father and her mother’s death often creep into Ruby’s mind."
"As dark family secrets begin to reveal themselves when Paul’s parents forbid him from seeing Ruby, Ruby is further devastated," the synopsis adds. Find out more about the cast of 'Ruby' below.
Raechelle Banno as Ruby
Australian actress Raechelle Banno's best-known role prior to playing the character of 'Ruby' was on the Australian soap opera 'Home and Away'. Raechelle's twin sister Karina Banno is also part of the 'Ruby' series on Lifetime playing "evil" twin Gisele who Ruby encounters a little later in life.
This isn't the first project that the two are working on together. In 2020, Raechelle co-directed the short film '@BladeRoller: Case Unsolved' with Karina, which was selected for the Sydney Underground Film Festival's Take 48 lineup.
Naomi Judd as Catherine Landry
Naomi Judd may be known to fans best for her musical abilities, but in 'Ruby' she brings her acting chops to the table as Ruby's loving grandmother. Naomi and daughter Wynona formed the hugely successful musical duo 'The Judds' and 'The Judds' Farewell Tour was the industry's top-grossing tour in 1991. When it comes to acting, Naomi has been seen in films such as 'An Evergreen Christmas', 'Someone Like You' and 'Route 65 Nashville'.
Gil Bellows as Pierre
Gil Bellows plays Ruby's mysterious father in this first installment of the 'Ruby' series. Fans, of course, will know Bellows best from his role as Billy on 'Ally McBeal'. Bellows is also a screenwriter and director whose notable film work includes the iconic 'The Shawshank Redemption' in which he plays the lovable crook Tommy Williams. Bellows also played CIA agent Matt Callan in the series 'The Agency'. In 2016-2017, he was a regular member of the cast of 'Eyewitness'.
Karina Banno as Gisele
Karina Banno, who plays Ruby's twin sister, fortunately shares a better relationship with her sister Raechelle Banno in real life. Karina who is an actor and assistant director is best known for roles in 'Second Best', 'Reckoning' and, of course, will be starring in the Lifetime adaptations of VC Andrews 'Ruby' series.
Who are the other stars?
The other stars in 'Ruby' include Crystal Fox, Sam Duke, Lauralee Bell and Ty Wood.
'Ruby' is directed by Gail Harvey and based on the book written by VC Andrews. 'Ruby' was adapted for the screen by Richard Blaney.
'Ruby' premieres on Saturday, March 20, at 8/7c. Watch the trailer below: