Lifetime moves on with the plan to make a TV movie based on the real and controversial murder of British student Meredith Kercher. On Monday, October 25, Hayden Panettiere who has been tapped to portray the convicted murderer Amanda Knox, was seen on the filming location in Italy. She colored her hair darker to resemble Knox and wore sombre clothes.
The project was announced earlier this year to bring the sensational story of Knox and her dead roommate. The U.S. exchange student is in the middle of a murder trial surrounding the brutal killing of Kercher whose throat had been slit in November 2007 allegedly during a violent night involving sex and drugs. Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Italian native Rudy Guede were charged with sexually assaulting Kercher.
Knox's 11-month trial ended in December 2009, and she was sentenced to 26 years in prison in an Italian jail. She maintains her innocence and has filed an appeal which would start November 24. "I know her appeal is coming up pretty soon too so it should be interesting to see what is going to happen with that," Panettiere said.
"The Amanda Knox Story", which is directed by Robert Dornhelm, is set to broadcast on U.S. TV in 2011.
Panettiere said she was not allowed to meet Knox in person because Knox is "not in agreement with it and she is surprised". Panettiere herself is doubtful she would ever meet Knox. "I know the Italian government is being pretty protective of her, her lawyers are being protective of her, which is pretty understandable. It's something I would like to do (meet her) but I'd be more surprised if it happened than if it didn't."