Christina Ricci is set to reprise the role of infamous murder suspect Lizzie Borden in an upcoming Lifetime event series, “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles.” The network ordered six one-hour long installments, which are set to begin airing in 2015.
The Emmy nominated actress previously portrayed the notorious ax-wielder in the Lifetime’s successful January film “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” which took in 4.4 million total viewers for the network. When it premiered the film was also the evening’s most-tweeted program, according the Lifetime.
“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” further explores the controversial acquittal of Borden, who was accused of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892 and then thrust into the spotlight following her exoneration. When those around Lizzie again begin to die, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) is suddenly thrown on the case.
Clea DuVall (“Argo”) co-starred in the TV movie as Lizzie’s sister Emma and is also reprise her role in the upcoming series.
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Lifetime EVP and general manager Rob Sharenow in a statement given to TheWrap. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) co-stars as Lizzie’s murdered father’s business partner William Almy, while Andrew Howard (“Hatfields & McCoys”) plays her half-brother.
“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”) and Ricci. The series is to be written by Greg Small & Rich Blaney (“Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”), Barbara Nance (“House of Lies”), Jason Grote (“Mad Men”) and David Simkins (“Grimm”).
Stephen Kay (“Sons of Anarchy”) is set to direct episodes one and two.