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Rob Lowe To Play Drew Peterson In Lifetime Movie

First Posted: 06/15/11 12:21 PM ET Updated: 08/15/11 06:12 AM ET

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When Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, went missing in 2007, all eyes turned to the usually quite suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Peterson, a police sergeant at the time, became the lead suspect in her disappearance--and when news of his third wife's mysterious death surfaced, the story gained even more attention.

Now, actor Rob Lowe will play Peterson in a Lifetime movie about the case, based on a book by Joe Hosey, a reporter who covered the case tirelessly for the suburban Herald News before moving on to Shorewood Patch, where he is currently an editor. Hosey's book, "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson," was released in 2008.

Lowe, who plays the fitness-obsessed Chris Traeger on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," also acted in "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Wayne's World." Hosey predicts producers will really have to "ugly [Lowe] up" for the part.

As A.V Club Chicago points out, Lowe can definitely play a "really good self-assured asshole," but Peterson apparently was hoping Denzel Washington would play him in the movie.

“If I was ever in a movie, I was hoping I would be portrayed by Denzel Washington, but I guess Rob Lowe is OK,” Peterson reportedly told his attorney, Joel Brodsky, upon hearing the news, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Peterson also told the Sun-Times that Al Lewis, who played Grandpa in "The Munsters," should play Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

NBC Chicago reports that actress Kaley Cuoco, or Penny in "The Big Bang Theory," will play Stacy Peterson, who disappeared in October of 2007.

Peterson has been in prison since May 2009 after the body of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was exhumed and he was charged in her drowning death. He denies any involvement in her death.

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Filed by Jen Sabella  |