3:00pm PT by Brian Porreca
Lifetime Casts Its Menendez Brothers
The infamous Menendez family tree is now fully cast.
Lifetime's original movie about the Menendez brothers has cast Nico Tortorella as Lyle Menendez and Myko Olivier as younger brother Erik Menendez, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The family patriarch, Jose Menendez, will be played by American Crime's Benito Martinez.
The trio join Courtney Love, who will play the mother, Kitty Menendez.
The untitled project, based on the true story of the 1989 murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons, Lyle and Erik, was written by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet) and will be directed by reality TV producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Ru Paul's Drag Race). Charles Pugliese (Cairo Time) also is attached as an executive producer.
Lifetime notes that the movie will focus on and reveal "the extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father's hands, while their mother looked the other way."
The cable network is not the only one interested in the true-crime story. NBC is teaming with Dick Wolf for an eight-episode anthology series about the Menendez brothers titled Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers.
Tortorella currently stars on TV Land's Younger. His credits including The Following, Make It or Break It and Scream 4. He is repped by Gersh.
Olivier, who starred on Glee and Awkward, is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Discover Management.
Martinez (How to Get Away With Murder, The Blacklist) is repped by SBD Partners.
Production will begin this month in Vancouver.