Christina Ricci returns to Lifetime to revive the role she made her own in the 2014 TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, as she reprises her own special interpretation of Lizzie Borden in the new eight-episode miniseries, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Ricci won’t be the only returning favorite. Clea DuVall will also return in the role of Lizzie’s sister, Emma Borden.
The bloody trailer for the new Lizzie Borden miniseries tells fans just what they can expect. The trailer opens with Ms. Ricci’s character watching the ticking of a grandfather clock, as each stroke leaves a trail of blood. The trailer ends with spine-chilling screams, as Lizzie lays in bed and smiles evilly at the sounds of the agony she has no doubt caused.
The series is a fictionalized account of the events following the acquittal of Lizzie Borden (Ricci) for the murders of her father and mother. As Borden returns to life in her hometown, the series depicts Lizzie as a manipulative, evil woman capable of doing whatever it takes to turn events to her favor.
The hero of the series is Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser), a Pinkerton detective determined to bring Lizzie Borden to justice once and for all.
It has been about a year, since Christina Ricci last donned the 19th century wardrobes and stepped into one of history’s most notorious female killers, but the time away hasn’t dulled Christina’s enthusiasm for the story.
“I think she’s a really fun character to play. I mean, she’s out of her mind and a bad person and she likes to commit murder. So, I just go to a place where things are fun and dark, and I don’t know. But at the same time, we do deal with the sort of complexities of emotion behind a lot of the relationships and what created this sort of monster.”
Ms. Ricci confessed that she really never expected to reprise the role, but, by the same token, Christina was delighted when the idea was first brought to her attention. Ricci adds that the miniseries presents a very different version of Lizzie Borden than viewers saw in the 2014 movie, as would be necessary to extend the story into a full eight-episode miniseries. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles was intended to be only six episodes, but two more episodes were added to more fully tell the tale.
“This is really just a fictionalized sort of version of what happens after the trial as she continues to misbehave, shall we say,” Christina said in an interview. “It’s just fun, and it’s a good time.”
Ms. Ricci recently spoke about her love for dark roles, as well as expounding on her fitness philosophies and her ability to maintain such a firm figure through the years.
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