Christina Ricci To Play Lizzie Borden In Lifetime Movie

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. I’ve learned exclusively that 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.

Comments (30)

  • Elizabeth Montgomery was excellent as Lizzie hope she is that good.

    Comment by lemon — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 7:45pm PDT  
    • I was wondering if anyone else had commented on that. I remember seeing her performance and it was fantastic especially when one considers how NON taxing her role on Bewitched was.

      Comment by Neil — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 8:20am PDT  
    • OMG-excellent was an understatement! STILL one of my fav TV-Movies EVER! Remember her ax wielding scene, when she was COMPLETELY nude, and the cameras moved around ever so carefully not to show her bits? I wonder if having a VCR could have been able to pause and slow-mo those shots-she was SOO hot! RIP Liz!

      Comment by brutony — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 2:10pm PDT  
  • She’s reduced to starring in Lifetime movies now? The Lizzie Borden story is definitely interesting, and should probably be a feature film, not this.

    Comment by Michael — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 7:47pm PDT  
    • There’s nothing wrong with an actor doing a LIFETIME movie if it is well written and produced by people who care for the story.

      Comment by RedOwl — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 9:17pm PDT  
  • No one will EVER do a better job than Elizabeth Montgomery in the roll. And I love Ricci!

    Comment by Kelvington — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:09pm PDT  
    • The TV movie with Elizabeth Montgomery was amazing.
      There are many movies made for TV that should be re-broadcast.

      Comment by RedOwl — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 9:14pm PDT  
  • Judith Verno is a difficult producer who is known for refusing to hire female directors. Why a network like Lifetime (“Television for Women”) continues to hire her, I have no idea.

    Christina Ricci will be incredible.

    Comment by Jonathan Michaels — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:23pm PDT  
    • Because her mother is Helen Verno, VP of movies and miniseries for Sony.

      Comment by nepotism — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT  
  • Elizabeth Montgomery’s performance in Paul Wendkos’ 1975 “The Legend of Lizzie Borden” sets a very high mark.

    Comment by k4kafka — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:24pm PDT  
    • It was a classic, despite the many historical inaccuracies, Montgomery’s remarkable performance was a landmark in the “made for t.v. movie” genre

      Comment by emma — Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT  
  • What happened to the project with Chloe Sevigny?

    Comment by jeremy — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 9:15pm PDT  
  • Ok – seriously, Lifetime needs to change their execs because this is a truly terrible script. Tanya – take a good look at your team cuz they are not doing their jobs. As for Christina: Everybody in town has passed on this role – not only because it’s a crappy script, but because any agent with a brain knows that putting their client in a lifetime movie is the kiss of death. Christina – dumb move. And Nick Gomez? Really? Nick Gozez was hot for ten minutes in the early nineties – and not since. Sorry, but this will be just as crappy as the Lindsay Lohan piece of crap. Don’t mean to be Debbie downer but facts are facts and this thing is a stinker.

    Comment by InTheKnow — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 10:58pm PDT  
    • Yes, IN THE KNOW…Queen Latifah’s career is over after STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Rob Lowe did HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA after doing DREW PETERSON. Marta Kaufman has done two Lifetime movies with Jennifer Aniston.

      And one of Tanya’s team developed and shepherded the mega-hit Hatfields & McCoys for HISTORY. He never ever gets mentioned or gets the credit but those “in the know’” know he was in the trenches on that one.

      Lifetime gets a bad rap because their (highly rated) howlers overshadow some quality productions. But they’re always fun to bash, and I guess always will be.

      Comment by Alsointheknow — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT  
      • And H&M was also on Lifetime, since that channel and History are run by the same corporation. When Lifetime does a good tv movie, its EXCELLENT! As long as they stick to the script of Elizabeth Montgomerys version, Id love to see Christina pull that nude scene off!

        Comment by brutony — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 2:13pm PDT  
      • You miss the point. Good luck with it.

        Comment by InTheKnow — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 6:10pm PDT  
    • To In the Know…
      who passed on the role of Lizzie?
      Christina was one of the first offers.
      You have no real information.
      Sad and pathetic when one feels the need to bash and trash.

      Comment by Really knows — Monday June 24, 2013 @ 11:29am PDT  
  • Did the script write itself?

    Comment by Pixie — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 1:31am PDT  
  • Ladies were pretty hearty back in those days. Ms. Ricci doesn’t look like she can even lift an ax, to give *anybody* 40 whacks.

    Comment by alteschuler — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 3:56pm PDT  
  • I adored Elizabeth Montgomery, and her performance in the TV film will never be matched. Sadly, she didn’t win the Emmy for it. But her work lives on. Hopefully, whomever has the rights to “The Legend of Lizzie Borden” will release it on dvd. I’d pre-order it right now.

    Comment by jdjimbo — Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 7:34pm PDT  
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