Lifetime’s tapped Scorpion‘s Katharine McPhee and The Originals‘ Daniel Gillies to star in The Lost Wife of Robert Durst based on Matt Birkbeck’s book, A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst. Katharine McPhee will play Kathie Durst and Daniel Gillies is set to star as accused murderer Robert Durst, with filming taking place in Vancouver this month.
Emmy nominee Bettina Gilois (Bessie) wrote the script and Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) is on board to direct. Linda Berman (Madoff) and Rudy Bednar (Final Witness) are executive producing the Lifetime Original Movie.
The Plot: Young and wide-eyed, Kathie (McPhee) falls in love with charming, yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst (Gillies), only to find their marriage turning stranger, darker and more disturbing as time passes. But when Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends are deeply disturbed that her disappearance isn’t taken seriously by police.
While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, journalist Susan Berman, the questions linger as to what really happened to Kathie. The Lost Wife of Robert Durst pulls back the curtain on the world of Robert Durst and explores what may have happened between him and Kathie.