British actor Colin Firth has joined the cast of the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie inspired by the murder trial of Amanda Knox, the American co-ed sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison after she was convicted of murdering her roommate.

Firth has signed up to star alongside Hayden Panettiere in the upcoming film movie about the 2007 murder of student Meredith Kercher. Exchange student Amanda Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Italian native Rudy Guede were convicted of the murder. Each are appealing their convictions.

“The idea would be that ultimately there isn’t an answer, it’s all a puzzle. We are certainly not going to be saying, ‘This person is innocent or this person is guilty’. But we will be asking, ‘Is this (a) system of fair justice?’” says lensman Michael Winterbottom.

Italian prosecutors are pulling Knox back into court on slander charges, claiming she falsely accused cops of abusing her. Amanda’s parents, Edda Mellas and Kurt Knox, argue that making a movie about their daughter’s case is “completely inappropriate” and could have a disastrous impact on her upcoming appeal.

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