Lifetime casts Rob Lowe in Casey Anthony movie
May 4th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Lifetime casts Rob Lowe in Casey Anthony movie

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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  1. Stanton Stray

    Casey Anthony is objecting to a proposal that she sell her life story as part of her bankruptcy. Her attorneys filed a motion this week in federal bankruptcy court in Tampa asking a judge to reject the proposal.*

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    April 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shawnda Redshaw

    Casey Anthony is objecting to a proposal that she sell her life story as part of her bankruptcy. Her attorneys filed a motion this week in federal bankruptcy court in Tampa asking a judge to reject the proposal.,

    See ya soon

    April 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jamesob5

    Here's my picks for The Casey Anthony Case:
    *Casey Anthony – Anne Hathaway
    *George Anthony – James Brolin
    *Cindy Anthony – Ellen DeGeneres
    *Jose Baez (lawyer) – Jimmy Smits

    October 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gil

    You know why almost every single actor (males, more so than females) are here today,/gone tomorrow types...totally immemorable? No distinctive voices whatsoever. Everyone knows the voices of John Wayne, James Stewart, Robert Duval, James Cagney, Andy Griffith, James Earl Jones, Gregory Peck, Groucho Marx, Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Morgan Freeman, etc, etc, etc...but the current crop??? a lot of nobodies..making millions, but here today, gone tomorrow.

    June 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kathleen

    Why would anyone want to see a movie about Casey Anthony. We won't learn anything new about her. We know she's a liar and a murderer. Why put money in her pocket for a crime she committed. I'm sure she loves all this attention. Let's just leave her in the past.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. beth

    I can't wait to see this movie & will have a new vcr tape to record it. I love Rob Lowe but playing laughing boy jeff ashton should be good tv.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Life77

    Casey will not get anything from this lifetime movie. Its base on the book Jeff Ashton wrote. Its from his point of view. I can't wait until it airs.

    May 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sasha

    Boycott this movie and Rob Lowe!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donna

    There goes his career.... again

    May 7, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. KatKat

    No, Madchen Amick looks nothing like monster mom. MA is gorgeous. IF you want a true look a like to play Casey Anthony, find a horse.

    I guarantee that narcasistic POS baby killer sees this as a HUGE compliment. Letters she exchanged between another inmate revealed she thought she looks like certain hot actresses.

    She is NOT attractive in any way, shape or form. No killer is attractive.

    I agree.....I won't be tuning in. This gong show is over. I'm bored and could care less about Creature Anthony unless it's about her death.

    May 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ellen Claire Kowit

    Robe Lowe is a wonderful actor.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sl

    I think Patricia Heaton should play Casey Anthony..

    May 6, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. *******

    I do think Mitt Romney looks a lot like Mr Wizard.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mitt Romney

    I don't think Rob Lowe looks much like Casey Anthony

    May 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dad Clark

    Garbage, NEXT!

    May 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tom

    Anyone else who watches Parks & Recreation notice that Rob Lowe REALLY looks like he's wearing a hairpiece? I swear I can always spot one a block away and am almost positive that he's got sumptin going on up there. Have a good look on the show and see if you think so too.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. Shelly Lopez-Potter

    Lifetime, there are so many people and things that you could do a movie on. I only hope that "that woman" doesn't see a penny from this movie. I will not be watching this movie E V E R.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. Martha

    As long as Casey Anthony does not profit from the movie who cares. I will not watch. Bad idea from the get go.

    May 5, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. rachelle

    Anything to do with Casey Anthoney is beyond disgusting! to bad Lifetime has to stoop to the gutter slug of topics for a movie. Count me out.

    May 5, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  20. Skeptic

    and starring Lilo as the party girl who got away with murder.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. elizabeth

    Doesn't Lifetime think we heard enough of this story last year, already? Count me out for the rerun...

    May 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. kenburch

    Damn...for a second there I thought you meant they'd cast Rob AS Casey Anthony.
    (Actually, Rob could probably pull that off- in fact, there's even a bit of a resemblance).

    May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. annie wilkes

    Check out Madchen Amick; she is perfect for Casey Anthony. Looks just like her and can act, boy how she can act.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |

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