Scoop: Lost Alum to Play Jodi Arias in Lifetime Movie; Former Mob Man Cast as Murdered Ex

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blog_tania_jesseLost vet Tania Raymonde is nearing a deal to play accused murderer Jodi Arias in Lifetime’s original movie centered on the sensational (and ongoing) trial, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Mob Doctor‘s Jesse Lee Soffer has been cast as Travis Alexander, the ex Arias stands accused of killing.

Arias faces a first-degree murder charge for Alexander’s 2008 killing at his home outside Phoenix. She claims self defense.

On Monday, the defense rested their case after nearly three months of testimony.

The Lifetime project, titled Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story, is being exec produced by  Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Judith Verno.

Raymonde recently nabbed one of the lead roles in NBC’s planted Chicago Fire spin-off.



Comments (27)

  • I thought Janel Parrish (Mona from Pretty Little Liars) would have been perfect for the role.

    Comment by JoannePistonFan – April 17, 2013 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “planted” spin-off? What, pray tell, is a “planted” spin-off?

    Comment by dragons3 – April 17, 2013 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • From the WGA: A “planted spin-off” is commonly understood to be a new series in which the main character(s) of the new series is not a regular character in the first series, but is introduced in the original series for the specific purpose of creating a new series with that character. For example, “Melrose Place” is a planted spin-off of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as the characters in the new series were introduced in the original series specifically to spin-off into a new series.

      Comment by Lola – April 17, 2013 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Is there a difference between a planted spin-off and a backdoor pilot? Cause frankly, it’s more fun to say ‘backdoor’.

        Comment by Ettie – April 17, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • A Backdoor Pilot would be the pilot for a Planted Spinoff–they’re terms for related concepts.

          Comment by Martoukian – April 17, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The difference is evident in the name. One is a pilot (one specific episode) and the other is a spin-off (refering to the entire show).

          Comment by Lola – April 17, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks for the explanation. I’ve never heard that term before.

        Comment by dragons3 – April 17, 2013 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Put more simply–it’s when the pilot for a new series is an episode of an existing series.

      Comment by Martoukian – April 17, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the rate the trial is progressing, the movie jury will probably have a verdict before the courtroom one does!

    Comment by carolinagirl – April 17, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But how are they ever going to top the absolute ridiculousness that is *actually happening* in this trial? It’s already a hot mess in reality; we don’t need a Hollywood version with “creative license” dragging this out any longer than it’s already taking.

    Comment by Khorrie – April 17, 2013 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m unfamiliar with Jodi Arias–is there something unusual or compelling about her trial that makes it TV movie material?

    Comment by Martoukian – April 17, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I looked it up, and I don’t see anything in this case that indicates it would make an interesting movie. There must be dozens of cases around Lifetime could use for their tacky, sleazy movies.

      Comment by Martoukian – April 17, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Martoukian…you must watch HLN the trial is ongoing as I type. She stabbed her ex boyfriend 29 times slit his throte then shot him in the face. 9 of the stap wounds were in the back and she is claiming self defense

      Comment by Bleujaki – April 17, 2013 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What ever happened to casting actors/actresses that actually look like the person they are portraying in a movie?

    Nikki Cox looks more like Jodi Arias than the actress they’ve picked.

    Comment by Andrew – April 17, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nikki Cox doesn’t even look like herself anymore–major plastic surgery disaster area.

      Comment by Martoukian – April 17, 2013 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • OMG you weren’t lying! I just googled her and was horrified at the images popping up. How could such a beautiful woman willingly do that to herself? She has to have body dysmorphic disorder.

        Comment by Christian – April 17, 2013 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just what we need, NOT!

    Comment by suzyku – April 17, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane March would have been dead on.

    Comment by Ron Gomes – April 17, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will watch it ONLY if Jodi doesn’t get $ from it.
    I have watched HLN live trial getting to sound more like Casey Anthony lies…if she. Jodi is going to get money for her telling how she
    Mutilated Travis I for one won’t pay to see it
    loves.swans

    Comment by phoofy cat – April 17, 2013 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh.. I see Shannon Elizabeth in the role but personally, I wish they’d leave it alone. The Casey Anthony trial was a terrible “movie”. And “Dirty Little Secret” is a bad title. I feel for the Alexander family.

    Comment by Karen – April 18, 2013 04:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY WHY WHY…l do not understand why we continue to give these psychopaths more press than the innocent victim. Lock em away, stick a needle in their arm and save the taxpayer…… NO MOVIE, NO BOOK,,,,,,NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS MURDERING LYING BITCH….The only reason anyone will watch is because they are white trash or ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E or AMC have nothing on……. Id rather watch an old Betty Davis movie with some class………….

    Comment by Jay Whitehill – April 18, 2013 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree eith you…I refuse to watch it and it would really make me sick if they pay Jodi on top of all the rest of the adulation she is receiving. I cant tell who is worse Casey or Jodi.

      Comment by ruth – June 19, 2013 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will there be a roll for Juan Martinez or det. Flores or court room drama ? I’d love to see Joe pesci or all Pacino as Juan and Del Zamora as det detective Flores

    Comment by rebecca sena – April 18, 2013 11:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will there be a role for Juan Martinez or det. Flores or court room drama ? I’d love to see Joe pesci or all Pacino as Juan and Del Zamora as det detective Flores although neither all or Joe are Hispanic but they can both play agresive roles and they are both awesome actor Al being amazingggggg

    Comment by rebecca sena – April 19, 2013 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jodi Arias is a remorseless sociopath, a premeditated killer and a narcissistic pathological liar. JA stated “No jury will ever convict me”. JA stated “Travis Alexander is in a better place”, now that’s cold. JA stated she has lied to everyone. JA has always lied, been confrontational and manipulative, before the investigation started, from the start of the investigation, from jail and during the trial. JA’s macabre banter with the prosecutor during cross examination reaffirmed how narcissistic she is. It was both scary and revealing to watch her “Hannibal Lecter” style of banter. JA’s thin veiled attempts to show remorse were a pathetic farce. JA is not insane but she is a monster. JA is her own worst enemy; she just can’t or won’t shut it.
    JA is a liar. Nothing JA says can be believed. The defense created theory stories based on JA lies and presents them as if they were fact. They were stories based on JA lies, not fact. There is no defensible argument. The prosecution has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that JA is guilty of the premeditated murder, in the first-degree, of Travis Alexander. “JA know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

    Comment by MaryDtn9 – April 19, 2013 06:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My question is, who gets Money for these true stories made into Movies?? I’ve been watching the Jodi Arias Murder trial since the begining, I have so much sympathy for the Travis Alexander Family. They have had to sit in court day in day out and try to not show emotions infront of the jury. They have put their lives on hold to seek justice for their Brother and I’d like to know if they do get apart of Money?? I will not be watching if some money is not given to them.

    Comment by Shannon – April 20, 2013 12:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Criminals, by law, are not allowed any monetary gain from any movies, books, television appearances, etc.that relate to the crime(s) they have committed.

      Comment by debbielynn – January 23, 2014 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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