If you follow true crime stories, it's likely you're interested in the Chris Watts murders. The story has captured many, which has caused cable network Lifetime to make a movie about the whole thing. Lifetime has released images and casting from Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer and holy cow. The images are especially chilling, as they seem to really capture the essence of the film.
Starring as Chris Watts is actor Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out, The Affair, Ant-Man and the Wasp.) Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother, Royal Pains) stars as his wife Shannan. Additionally, Brooke Smith stars as FBI agent Tammy Smith. Kleier and Williams look eerily similar to Chris and Shannan Watts.
This is how the network describes the film: "When Chris Watts tearfully pleaded to television cameras for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, dark secrets loomed just beneath the surface. As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life. But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light."
When the movie was announced over the summer, reports said the script would come from taped confessions and real life events. Because the Chris Watts case has played out so publicly, it is clear that they're making an effort for accuracy. No word on how deeply they'll dig into Watts' motivation or reasoning for strangling his wife and two daughters. We also don't know how much Shannan's family is involved to protect her legacy.
At the time the plans for the movie was announced, people were upset. Due to the nature of the murders, many thought it was in bad taste for Lifetime to capitalize on it. Because they're using direct taped confessions from Watts, it's hard to know if the movie will sympathize with him. From the images so far, it looks like he will be seen as the cold blooded murderer he is.
But Lifetime is also using the movie for good. As a part of the network's Stop Violence Against Women campaign, Lifetime will air a PSA during the film. The PSA will include domestic violence information, crisis hotline numbers and other resources. And following the movie, a new special, Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy will air. This will feature new interviews with Tammy Lee and Shannan's friends Cassandra Rosenberg and Cindy DeRosset. It will also have never-before-seen footage.
Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer airs on Lifetime on Saturday, January 25th.