Sevigny, HBO Take a Whack at Lizzie Borden

In a piece of casting that can only be responded to with “Well of course she is,” Big Love‘s Chloe Sevigny is confirmed to play Lizzie Borden in a miniseries she is developing for HBO.

In addition to starring as the titular hatchet woman, Sevigny will co-executive produce Lizzie Borden, Deadline reports. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, whose Playtone studio produces Big Love, will serve as executive producers.

Envisioned as a two-part, four-hour miniseries, Lizzie Borden will tell the story of the Massachusetts woman who in 1892, at the age of 32, was acquitted of murdering her father, Andrew, and step-mother, Abby, with a hatchet.

Sevigny has had her eye on Borden’s story since at least 2005, when she first visited the site of the double murder (now a bed-and-breakfast in Fall River, Mass.). She first spoke of tackling the role in this recent video Q&A with Imagine Fashion:

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Are you curious to see Sevigny follow in Elizabeth Montgomery’s (1975 TV-movie) footsteps and explore the Lizzie Borden story?

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  1. AlistairCrane says:

    Anyone remember the version with Elizabeth Montgomery? The ending was totally horrifying—they played this really creepy music while the camera circled a dead-eyed Lizzie! Yikes!!

    • Jack says:

      That movie scared me half to death. I remember the commercial that showed Elizabeth Montgomery’s distorted reflection in the hatchet, that terrifying “dead-eyed Lizzie” ending you speak of, the creepy 1890s style music played at the end, even the TV Guide promotional page was scary. Chloe is great, if anyone is up to playing Lizzie it’s her. Curious if it’s going to be based on any of the many, many books written about the case.

  2. Laurel says:

    Perfect casting !
    Should be a great mini series for HBO.

  3. Kelly says:

    LOVED the Elizabeth Montgomery version! Chloe should be a worthy successor to the role.

  4. Michelle R. says:

    I wonder if it will deal with the likelihood that Lizzie was a lesbian as indicated by her close friendship with an actress Nancy O’Neill.

  5. Vince says:

    Well at last something that was only done ONCE before, unlike Jack the Ripper which has been done over and over.
    Whats more if the use that business Lizzie was naked when she killed, no network standards problems