The New York Daily News is reporting that Elizabeth Smart’s harrowing abduction story is getting the television treatment two times over.
Smart, the Utah woman who was stolen from her bedroom at age 14 and forced to live in captivity with her kidnappers before being rescued, will have her story play out both as a Lifetime movie and as a two-part “Biography” special on A&E Network.
The cross-network event will mark the 15th anniversary of her abduction, which captured the attention of the entire nation in 2002.
The Lifetime movie, titled “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” will feature Alana Boden as the blonde teen, and “Riverdale” star Skeet Ulrich as Brian David Mitchell, the man who held her captive for nine months. “The Blacklist’s” Deirdre Lovejoy is set to co-star as Wanda Barzee, Mitchell’s co-conspirator. Smart will produce and narrate the movie.
In A&E’s special, “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography,” the now-29-year-old Smart will provide details of her time with Mitchell and Barzee that were previously unknown to the public. The special will also feature interviews with Smart’s family, law enforcement and eye witnesses.
Smart, now a married mother of two, was stolen from her bedroom by Mitchell after her parents briefly employed him as a handyman at their home.
In the nine months she spent with her religious fanatic captors, she was starved, drugged and raped before being rescued by a man who recognized Mitchell from an episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”
Neither film has yet to get a release date, but both are expected to air later this year.