Martin Landau Joins Tony Goldwyn in Lifetime's Mormon Polygamist Movie (Exclusive)
The actor will play the father of real-life polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs in the movie.
Martin Landau has joined Lifetime's original movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs opposite Scandal's Tony Goldwyn.
The movie is based on the true story of Warren Jeffs (Goldwyn), the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who spent more than a year on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. He eluded authorities and was ultimately caught by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.
The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is based on the book When Men Become Gods by Stephen Singular, and will chronicle Jeffs' rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Landau).
Steve Kornacki (Boardwalk Empire) and his wife and writing partner Alyson Evans wrote the script for the movie, which will be directed by Gabriel Range (Death of a President). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Bonnie & Clyde, Chicago) will executive produce alongside Judith Verno (Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, Anna Nicole).
The movie reteams Lifetime with Landau, who previously starred in the original movie Anna Nicole, playing octogenarian millionaire J. Howard Marshall.
The Oscar and Golden Globe winner's other credits include Ed Wood, Tucker, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Frankenweenie.
Landau is repped by Harry Gold at TalentWorks.
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