May 4th, 2012
05:31 PM ET
Lifetime has snapped up both Rob Lowe and Jewel to star in two of its upcoming films.
The network has brought on Lowe for their made-for-TV film about infamous mom (or "Tot Mom," if you're Nancy Grace) Casey Anthony. The "Parks and Recreation" actor will portray Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton in “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” the film’s tentative title.
The Casey Anthony trial riveted the nation last year, when Anthony was ultimately acquitted of murder charges related to the death of Caylee, her 2-year-old daughter.
Lowe is no stranger to doing films based on true stories for Lifetime: In January he played Drew Peterson - a former cop who has been charged in connection with the death of his third wife - in “Drew Peterson: Untouchable.”
“We’re thrilled to have Rob returning to our network, after his amazing star turn as Drew Peterson,” Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at Lifetime Networks, said in a statement. “He’s one of those rare stars who can do it all, comedy, drama, heroes and villains. There are very few actors in the history of our business who have been able to have such success on such a broad range."
Meanwhile Jewel is poised to make her small-screen debut as country music star June Carter Cash.
Yahoo! reports the singer will star opposite “American Horror Story" actor Matt Ross, who’ll play her husband Johnny Cash.
The pending film is reportedly based on a memoir written by June's son John Carter Cash.
It's expected to shine a spotlight on June's rise to fame along with her family before she went solo, doing shows with legends like Elvis Presley.
It will also explore the Grammy Award winner’s often tumultuous life with her famous husband.
“Many people know about the legendary love story of Johnny and June,” said Sharenow. “But June Carter Cash has her own epic journey filled with triumphs, tragedies, loves and losses. This movie will explore all aspects of the woman behind the icon, and we’re thrilled Jewel will be playing the title role."
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