The Internet is swooning over Christina Ricci in the new promotional poster for her upcoming Lifetime movie, "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax."
Complete with the tagline, "It's time to bury the hatchet," "Lizzie Borden" is Lifetime's interpretation of the creepy old nursery rhyme ("Lizzie Borden took an ax/And gave her mother 40 whacks/When she saw what she had done/She gave her father 41").
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Borden, played by Ricci, was accused of violently murdering her parents in Massachusetts in 1892. She was tried and acquitted but her story survived in folklore even after her death in 1927.
In the movie poster, Ricci appears standing on a staircase in a white dress. She's carrying a bloody ax and looking mischievously into the camera.
Here's Lifetime's official description of the movie:
"On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby, and sister Emma (Clea DuVall). But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden’s youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect.
"Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings (Billy Campbell), proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden’s name in infamy."
"Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" premieres Jan. 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
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