Long before Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, there was another young American woman on a trial for murder that became a media spectacle. Christina Ricci has been tapped to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.
Directed by Nick Gomez and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie tells the story of Fall River, Mass., resident Borden, who finds herself on trial for the brutal murder with a hatchet-type weapon of her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and his second wife, Abby Durfee Gray Borden, at their family home. She was acquitted at a trial, which drew national attention, though no one else was ever charged with the crime, which has remained unsolved. Despite being found guilty in the court of public opinion in her native town, at least in some circles, Borden lived in Fall River for the rest of her life.
Judith Verno (Lifetime’s Drew Peterson: Untouchable) executive produces the movie, which joins such recent entries at the network as Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, Prosecuting Casey Anthony and the upcoming Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, which also is exec produced by Verno. Elizabeth Montgomery played Borden in the 1975 ABC movie The Legend Of Lizzie Borden. Additionally, Chloe Sevigny was attached to play the role in a miniseries for HBO two years ago.
Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) and Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GH) are teaming up for a Hallmark movie, which has begun production. “Finally signed, sealed & delivered! Starring in a new Hallmark Movie starting Wednesday opposite my girl @Ali_Sweeney!! Gonna be great fun!” he tweeted. And if rumors about him nabbing the role of Sami’s twin Eric Brady are correct, the duo will be co-stars in Salem, too.
Casey Anthony’s getting a makeover.
Actress Holly DeVeaux dropped out of the Lifetime movie Imperfect Justice only a week into filming, People reports. Newcomer Virginia Welch, whose website describes her as an “actress, model, martial artist, dancer,” has taken over the role.
According to People, DeVeaux’s decision to leave the project was mutual.
Welch will join cast members Rob Lowe, who plays prosecutor Jeff Ashton and The Office star Oscar Nunez, who plays Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez. Kevin Dunn and Marina Stephenson play Anthony’s parents. The film will chronicle Anthony’s trial and eventual acquittal for the murder of her
Lifetime has released more official beauty shots from its Fall 2012 Liz & Dick TV-movie starring Lindsay Lohan as the iconic Elizabeth Taylor. Do they make you curious? Or are they perhaps even (gasp) winning you over?
In the first photo below — versus the black-and-white in-profile pic shared the other day – you’ve got LiLo in full glam mode, bedecked in jewels, (let’s hope fake) fur and a form-fitting red dress.
Beneath, there’s costar Grant Bowler (True Blood, Ugly Betty) channeling Taylor’s great love, Richard Burton.
Now this is more like it.
Days after TMZ leaked unofficial pictures of Lindsay Lohan in hair and make-up as Elizabeth Taylor, Lifetime has released the first official image of Lohan, 25, in character as the screen legend.
In the shot, Lohan dons very dark brown locks, as well as Taylor’s signature beauty mark. Grant Bowler plays Richard Burton in Liz & Dick, which started principal photography on Monday and will debut later this year on Lifetime.
Do you think Lohan looks like Elizabeth Taylor in this picture? Will you watch Liz & Dick?
True Blood alum Grant Bowler has been cast as legendary actor Richard Burton in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, Deadline reports.
Liz & Dick will follow the roller-coaster relationship between Taylor and Burton, who were married and divorced twice and were considered the “Bennifer” or “Brangelina” of their day because of the intense media coverage surrounding their courtship.
Lindsay Lohan confirmed to play Elizabeth Taylor
Bowler’s casting comes less than two weeks before production is set to begin on June 4. “Grant will add gravitas to our couple and bring to life one of the greatest actors who has ever lived,” the film’s executive producer Larry A. Thompson told the site. “Burton was a Welsh poet, a rascal, and a man’s man, who swept Elizabeth Taylor off her feet and flew her so close to the sun that they both exploded into stardust that still lights up Hollywood.”
Thompson also said Bowler’s casting was a no-brainer after the actor did a reading with Lohan. “The chemistry erupted in the room,” he said.
Ugly Betty, True Blood alum Grant Bowler to star in Syfy’s Defiance
In real life, Bowler and Lohan are a notable 18 years apart in age. Burton and Taylor only had a seven-year difference in age.
Bowler, who is also known for his role on Ugly Betty, will next star in the Syfy series, Defiance.
Do you think Bowler will make a good Richard Burton? Sound off below!