Katharine McPhee (Scorpion) is set to star as Kathie Durst alongside Daniel Gillies (The Originals) who will play Robert Durst in the Lifetime Original Movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst. Based on the book A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst, by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, filming begins this month in Vancouver. Lincoln Square Productions’ Linda Berman (Madoff) and Rudy Bednar (Final Witness) executive produce and Emmy Award winner Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) directs from a script written by Emmy nominee Bettina Gilois (Bessie).
While Robert Durst has captured the year’s headlines with his recent arrest and controversy surrounding the documentary, The Jinx, Lifetime puts the forgotten woman Kathie (McPhee) at the center in The Lost Wife of Robert Durst. Young and wide-eyed, she 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.
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