Mena Suvari set for Lifetime pic

Matthew Modine will also star in casino heir story

Mena Suvari and Matthew Modine will star in the Lifetime original movie "Sex & Lies in Sin City," based on the true story of the death of wealthy Las Vegas casino heir Ted Binion.

The tentatively titled telefilm, from Sony Pictures Television and the Konigsberg Co., is based on the book "Murder in Sin City" by Jeff German. Binion (Modine), the heir to the Binion Horseshoe Casino fortune, was found dead in his Vegas home in 1998 by his ex-stripper girlfriend Sandy Murphy (Suvari), ultimately leading to a scandalous trial involving Murphy and her con artist boyfriend.

"Much like a trip to Vegas, this movie is a guilty pleasure," Lifetime senior vp original movies Tanya Lopez said, adding that it "captures all of the true crime story elements and the madness that surrounded Ted Binion's life."

Frank Konigsberg is executive producing the telefilm, which premieres in September. Peter Medak ("Carnivale") is directing from a script by Teena Booth.

"There is no one better than Peter Medak to tell this fascinating true story of sex, drugs and an untimely death," said Helen Verno, executive vp movies and miniseries at SPT.

Suvari is repped by Gersh and attorney Debbie Klein. Modine is repped by Innovative, Untitled and attorney Jeff Bernstein.