Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy debuts in Canada exclusively on SliceTM Sunday May 1 at 6pm ET and is a cleverly crafted and brilliantly ambiguous take on the international headline-grabbing story of the now infamous American exchange student accused by Italian authorities of murdering her roommate.
This movie draws from case records to pose the question of whether Amanda Knox (Hayden Panettiere), the Seattle honours student accused of murdering her college roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and acquaintance Rudy Guede, actually committed the crime or was herself a victim. Referred to as “Foxy Knoxy” by her Italian prosecutor, Guiliani Mignini, and the press, Amanda Knox was painted as an oversexed, remorseless killer during her two-year trial leading up to her conviction and subsequent sentencing to 26 years in jail. Marcia Gay Harden portrays Amanda’s mother, Edda Mellas.
About Hayden Panettiere: One of entertainment’s brightest stars, Hayden Panettiere has amassed a long list of credits at a young age. Best known for her role as cheerleader, Claire Bennet in the series Heroes, Panettiere next stars in Wes Craven’s highly anticipated Scream 4.
About Marcia Gay Harden: Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden has forged a remarkable body of work, from the glamorous Ava Gardner in Sinatra, to the artist Lee Krasner in Pollock (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar), to the down-and-out Celeste in Mystic River (another Academy Award nomination).