See Lifetime's Chilling Casting of the Chris Watts' Family Murder Case

Sean Kleier plays Chris Watts in the new Lifetime movie about the father who confessed to murdering his family

By Chris Harnick 19 Nov, 2019 9:08 PMTags
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Lifetime is sinking its teeth into even more ripped-from-the-headlines stories this winter, including tackling the story of Chris Watts and the murder of his family with Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer.

Here's how Lifetime describes the new movie: "When Chris Watts tearfully pleaded to television cameras for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, dark secrets loomed just beneath the surface. As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life. But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light."

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In the new Lifetime movie, premiering Saturday, Jan. 25, Sean Kleier (Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Affair, Odd Mom Out), plays Chris Watts opposite Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother, Royal Pains) as his wife Shanann Watts. The cast also includes Brooke Smith as CBI agent Tammy Lee.

See photos from the new movie below.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams plays Shanann Wtts in the new Lifetime movie about the murder of the Watts family.

Sean Kleier

Sean Kleier plays Chris Watts in the new movie. Chris Watts confessed to the murders of his family in November 2018.

Sean Kleier and Ashley Williams

Sean Kleier and Ashley Williams star in Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer

Sean Kleier

Viewers may know Sean Kleier from Odd Mom Out.

Sean Kleier and Ashley Williams

Sean Kleier and Ashley Williams star in Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer.

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith plays CBI agent Tammy Lee.

Ashley Williams and Sean Kleier

Ashley Williams and Sean Kleier star as Shanann and Chris Watts in Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer.

As part of Lifetime's Stop Violence Against Women campaign, the movie will include a PSA with information on domestic abuse, crisis help lines and other resources. Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy follows at 10 p.m. with never-before-seen footage and new interviews with Tammy Lee and Shanann's close friends Cassandra Rosenberg and Cindy DeRosset.

Lifetime's other ripped-from-the-headlines flicks include Robin Robert Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, Poison Love: The Stacey Castor Story, The Neighbor in the Window and You Can't Take My Daughter.