The Lifetime Movie Network has cast Rob Lowe to play the part of a Florida prosecutor in the new Lifetime original movie about the Casey Anthony case.
Lowe is no stranger to movies based on crime stories. The Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee recently had a similar gig for Lifetime, portraying accused wife murderer Drew Peterson in the movie "Drew Peterson: Untouchable."
In his latest role, Lowe will play the part of Jeff Ashton, the Orlando prosecutor who failed in his attempts to get a first-degree murder conviction against Anthony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
On July 5, 2011, a jury of seven women and five men acquitted Anthony. The little girl's remains were found in December 2008 near the family home, some six months after she was last seen.
After Anthony's acquittal, Ashton authored a book about the case titled Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. The Lifetime movie is based on Ashton's book.
According to a press release from Lifetime, the movie will reveal "Ashton's inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony's mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite what many thought to be overwhelming evidence of guilt."
CASEY ANTHONY PERSONAL PHOTOS:
The bombshell trial of Casey Anthony captivated the nation's attention. The Florida mother, pictured in this photo from her Photobucket.com account, was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the trial, some of Casey Anthony's personal photographs were released. Several of Anthony's photographs were used as evidence.
Prosecutors alleged that Casey Anthony killed her daughter, then misled authorities who were searching for the toddler. But her attorneys insisted that Caylee drowned in the family's swimming pool. The defendant's lawyers claimed that after years of abuse, Casey Anthony felt unable to reveal the truth.
Prosecutors attempted to cast Casey Anthony as a party girl -- revealing that she took part in a "Hot Body" contest just four days after she claimed her daughter drowned in her family's pool.
Lawyers showed jurors photos of Casey Anthony partying, like this image, which was posted on the defendant's Photobucket.com account.
Casey Anthony reportedly told investigators that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny, but during the trial her attorneys claimed the child drowned.
One question that remains unanswered is the identity of Caylee Anthony's father. Casey Anthony reportedly told friends that the child's father was a "one night thing."
But her lawyers have floated a theory involving incest. Casey Anthony's attorneys pressed an FBI witness to tell jurors that the agency conducted a paternity test on the defendant's brother, Lee Anthony. The test came back negative.
Investigators also conducted a paternity test on Casey Anthony's father, George Anthony, which also came back negative.
Tests also revealed that Jesse Grund, a man Casey Anthony once dated, was not Caylee Anthony's father.
Casey Anthony's family said they knew something was amiss when they detected a foul odor coming from the back of the defendant's car in July, 2008.
The trunk of the car actually contained a bag of trash, but prosecutors claimed that Caylee Anthony's body decomposed in the rear of the vehicle before it was moved to another location.
An insect expert for the defense stated that the body didn't decompose in the car because there wasn't any evidence of bugs that are often attracted to remains.
Caylee Anthony's remains were discovered near the family's home in December, 2008.
Prosecutors alleged that Casey Anthony killed her daughter by placing duct tape over her mouth. Duct tape was discovered wrapped around the todder's skull when the child's remains were recovered.
Casey Anthony was indicted on October 14, 2008, on charges of first-degree murder.
The Casey Antony trial became the year's biggest legal event. Spectators lined up every morning to get tickets to the trial. In one case, attendees got into a fistfight over access to the courtroom.
The case became one of the most monumental trials in Florida's history.
Some photos of Casey Anthony and Caylee Anthony were classified as evidence.
Jury selection for the Casey Anthony trial began on May 9, 2011.
Alongside capital murder, Casey Anthony was also charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement in the case of the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.
The prosecution sought the death penalty.
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The movie will be seen from Ashton's perspective and will reportedly take viewers behind the scenes of both the investigation into Caylee's death and the ensuing trial. It will, according to the network, shed "new light on the many questions of what happened to the two year-old girl ... and why Ashton remains convinced of Casey Anthony's guilt."
"We're thrilled to have Rob returning to our network, after his amazing star turn as Drew Peterson," said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President of Programming at Lifetime Networks. "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."
The working title of the film is "Prosecuting Casey Anthony."