Following her turn earlier this year as infamous murderer, Lizzie Borden, Christina Ricci is set to reprise her role for Lifetime’s follow-up show. The six episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, will pick up where the movie left off, and follow Borden after her acquittal.
The sequel series will be produced by Sony Pictures TV, who also developed the first movie. Lifetime aired that feature, Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, this past January to great acclaim. A viewership of 4.4 million indicated that audiences are really rather keen on watching attractive women go bananas, hence the sequel 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’s Rob Sharenow (via Deadline). “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
Joining Ricci for the sorta-true crime tale is fellow returnee Clea DuVall, who’ll once again play Lizzie’s sister, Emma. As the scope widens on Lizzie’s trail of destruction, the need to rope in fresh blood for the offing increases – hence, a string of new cast members. Those chosen to be drawn into Borden’s murderous shenanigans include Cole Hauser as Detective Siringo, John Heard as Borden’s father’s business partner, and Andrew Howard rounding out the siblings as Lizzie’s brother Andrew.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles is scheduled to air sometime in 2015.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will feature a fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.