On June 30, Deadline reported that country legend Reba McEntire is the star and executive producer of a new Lifetime movie called The Hammer. The movie is based on the life of traveling circuit judge Kim Wanker.
Deadline cites the film’s logline, which says:
“…the film follows Kim Wheeler…an outspoken, firecracker lawyer who is appointed Judge of the 5th District of Nevada and is one of the few traveling judges left in America. After the reigning judge dies under suspicious circumstances, Kim finds herself covering a circuit that stretches between Las Vegas and Reno — a rugged, often desolate area where anything and everything can happen. With gavel in hand, she lays down the law with a no-nonsense brand of justice, that quickly earns her the nickname ‘The Hammer.‘”
Deadline explains that McEntire’s character “must work even harder to make certain the appropriate justice is served” when her sister is named a prime suspect.Her sister is being played by Melissa Peterman, McEntire’s real-life best friend and former Reba co-star. Another familiar face we will see in The Hammer is Rex Linn, McEntire’s boyfriend of two years. Linn will portray a character named Bart Crawford. Deadline describes his character as “a mysterious cowboy with unknown motives.”
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The wait is almost over, because the trailer for The Hammer just dropped!
It starts with Reba being pulled over by a local cop – who draws his gun because of how fast she was going. Little did he know, she’s the new judge!
Her character is a loose cannon and after being approached by a felon, she hit him across the face with her gavel. Reba is a bad ass! The trailer also shows her trying to solve a mystery of who killed the judge who she replaced, seeing as she could be next.
The trailer also revealed that the movie will be coming in 2023! Watch the trailer below.