TV movie to focus on Amish school shooting

Kimberly Williams-Paisley starring in LMN's 'Amish Grace'

Lifetime Movie Network will explore the aftermath of the 2006 schoolhouse shooting in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., with "Amish Grace," an original movie starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Matt Letscher and Tammy Blanchard co-star in the film based on real accounts and the book "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher.

On Oct. 2, 2006, a gunman walked into a Nickel Mines schoolhouse, took several girls hostage and eventually killed five of them before taking his own life. The story received national attention not only for the scope of the tragedy but also the Amish leaders' instant and unconditional forgiveness of the shooter and his widow.

Williams-Paisley will play the fictional character of Ida Graber who, devastated by her daughter's death, finds herself struggling with her community's teaching of the transcending power of forgiveness.

Letscher will play her husband, Gideon. Blanchard will play Amy, the shooter's widow.

Gregg Champion ("Miracle Run") will direct the movie from a script by Micky Levy ("Rails & Ties") and Teena Booth ("Natalie Holloway").

Larry A. Thompson will executive produce, with Kyle Clark and Marta Mobley set to produce.

Williams-Paisley, who starred on ABC's "According to Jim," is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin. Letscher, who recurred on "Entourage" and "Brothers and Sisters," is with Domain and Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta. Blanchard, who recently wrapped the feature "Rabbit Hole," is with ICM.
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