Christina Ricci is reprising her role as Lizzie Borden for a limited series on Lifetime. She once played Lizzie Borden on the network, alongside Clea DuVall, who played her sister–in Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. DuVall is also reprising her role. Both will appear in Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, a fictionalized account of Borden’s life after she was acquitted of the axe murders of both her father and her stepmother.
In the new series, people begin dying rather mysteriously around Christina Ricci’s character. The deaths prompt Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo to try proving that Lizzie Borden is responsible for the murders. Charlie Siringo will be played by Cole Hauser.
Rob Sharenow is the executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime. He says the series will take viewers down a road where they may find that dark side to Lizzie Borden they long feared existed.
“This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life,” he explained. “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.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 23, 2014
If you saw Christina Ricci in Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, then you understand exactly what Rob Sharenow means. And if you didn’t, you’re still in for a big treat as she reprises her role–even though this new series is fiction and the latter was based on fact.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will air as a six-part series some time in 2015.