Veronica Mars alumna Jessy Schram and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad and prequel series Better Call Saul) have joined the cast of Lifetime’s six-episode limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (formerly Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles). The follow-up to Lifetime’s original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax stars Christina Ricci in a reprisal of her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie’s Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden’s sister, Emma.
Schram, repped by CESD, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Jackoway Tyerman, will play Nancy O’Keefe, an alluring and ambitious actress and dancer who befriends Lizzie following one of her performances. Banks will play Mr. Flowers, Lizzie’s business associate, a crime kingpin who manages the prostitution and extortion ring in Fall River.
The limited series offers 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 (Cole Hauser) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Cast also features Emmy nominee John Heard as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew, and Andrew Howard as Lizzie’s half-brother William.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (Lizzie Borden Took An Ax) and Ricci. The limited series is written by Greg Small and Rich Blaney, Barbara Nance, Jason Grote and David Simkins. Stephen Kay directs episodes one and two.