Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Radio Host Sook-Yin Lee Plays Olivia Chow in Jack Layton Made-for-TV Movie

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Radio Host Sook-Yin Lee Plays Olivia Chow in Jack Layton Made-for-TV Movie

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Filming underway on Layton TV movie

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TORONTO - The actor playing Jack Layton in an upcoming TV movie about the late politician says he's learned to play the guitar and has picked up some Cantonese and French in preparation for the role.

Rick Roberts ("Republic of Doyle," "Cra$h & Burn") stars in "Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story" as the former New Democrat leader while CBC radio personality Sook-Yin Lee plays his wife, Olivia Chow.

Filming began earlier this week in Winnipeg.

"Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story" follows the 2011 election campaign that saw Layton lead the NDP to its largest mandate since the party was formed.

It also traces the love story between Layton and his wife through their years in civic politics and onto the national stage.

The film is expected to air on CBC-TV in early 2013.

Co-stars include Wendy Crewson ("Saving Hope," "ReGenesis") and Erin Karpluk ("Being Erica").

Roberts says he's enjoyed looking into the life of "such a multi-faceted man. …

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