Lifetime has tapped Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) to star as Drew Peterson in an original movie about onetime Chicago-area police sergeant who in May 2009 was charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after authorities investigated the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) will play Stacy, who was 23 years old at the time of her October 2007 vanishing — 30 years Peterson’s junior.
According to sister site Deadline, the TV-movie — tentative titled The Drew Peterson Story aka Ladykiller, and based on the nonfiction book Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson — will explore the two cases and any possible connection. Teena Booth (of Lifetime’s Natalee Holloway telepics) penned it, and filming will take place this summer during the Parks and Rec/Big Bang Theory hiatuses.
Some background on Peterson and his two ill-fated wives: Savio’s February 2004 death was originally was ruled an accidental bathtub drowning. But upon exhuming her body years later, authorities declared it a homicide staged to look like an accident. Savio and Peterson had divorced just prior to her death.
When Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007 shortly after contacting a divorce attorney, Drew Peterson publicly theorized that she had run off with another man. But as evidence mounted that he had murdered Savio, he became a prime suspect in wife No. 4’s disappearance.
Peterson currently resides in the Will County Correctional Center in Joliet Ill., awaiting trial.