Rob Lowe's recent performance as wife murderer Drew Peterson in the Lifetime original move Drew Peterson: Untouchable quickly gained notoriety online (and on TV programs like The Soup) for just how ridiculously over the top it was. Lowe's Peterson devoured so much of the scenery that William Shatner looked over and said "Man, that guy needs to to bring it down a little." That said, one thing you can't say about Lowe's portrayal is that it was boring.
Keeping that in mind, it's completely understandable that Lifetime has decided to cast Rob as Prosecutor Jeff Ashton in their new original film entitled Prosecuting Casey Anthony. The plot is being based off of Ashton's upcoming book of the same name, which chronicles what Ashton feels he got right, what he knows he got wrong, and why he remains convinced of Casey's guilt. Now, I'm not going to bother with the details of the Casey Anthony case. It was international news. For some reason. Anyway, short version is: woman kills her little girl, mounts ludicrous defense, is acquitted regardless. To say that most people believe that Anthony is guilty would be an understatement. For that reason, it's probably a good idea that Lifetime chose to make the prosecutor the main character and not the female O.J. herself.
A Lifetime programming exec had this to say about the casting of Lowe - “We’re thrilled to have Rob returning to our network, after his amazing star turn as Drew Peterson. He’s one of those rare stars who can do it all, comedy, drama, heroes and villains. There are very few actors in the history of our business who have been able to have such success on such a broad range." Well, that's certainly one way to look at it.
Will you watch Prosecuting Casey Anthony? Do you think casting Rob Lowe is the right decision?