Yep, that’s right, two of our favorites actresses are teaming up for a movie all about murder, gore, and secrecy — as reported by Variety. Are you okay? Do you need to sit down? We know, it’s all so exciting. I’ll give you a moment before I continue, because it only gets better from here. The lovely ladies will be starring in a new (untitled thus far) psychological thriller about Lizzie Borden, the probable ax murderess.
I told you it was good.
In case you’re not fully caught up on the whole Lizzie Borden thing, here’s the rundown: Real-life humans Andrew and Abby Borden, Lizzie’s father and step-mother, were found murdered in their home on the morning of August 4th, 1892. Lizzie, their younger daughter, was tried and acquitted of their murder, which became a nation-wide obsession. I mean, obviously. A church-going, Sunday-school-teaching, mild-mannered daughter is accused of hacking her parents literally to pieces with an ax? Immediate sensation.
Chloe will be playing Lizzie, while Kristen will portray Bridget Sullivan, the family’s live-in maid who was present at the time of the murder and was called to testify in the trial. Here’s where it gets good: there are theories floating around that Lizzie and Bridget were lovers, and that their relationship somehow played a role in the murders and ultimately resulted in Lizzie’s acquittal. Yep, consider that plot way, way thickened.
Lizzie Borden’s 40 and 41 whacks, respectively, have garnered a fair amount of media attention in recent years (If you haven’t seen the 2014 made-for-TV movie starring Christina Ricci, you are missing out). Why the fixation? Well, patricide is always compelling and morbidly fascinating for the masses. Also, no one knows for sure if Lizzie actually killed her parents, or what her motives would have been.
And then there’s the whole bizarre aftermath of the trial, in which Lizzie was released from jail and chose to stay in Fall River, MA for the remainder of her life, despite facing constant ostracization. All these questions! All these rumors! Chloe with an ax! Chloe and Kristen making out! I’m so freaking amped!
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