“American Psycho” director may have seemed like an odd fit for a Lifetime Movie when the network’s first announced it’d be working with her in October, but Mary Harron did chronicle the life of a famous pin-up in “The Notorious Bettie Page” — Anna Nicole Smith may not be quite as iconic, but she’s also not completely foreign territory for the filmmaker.
Now Lifetime has set a date for “Anna Nicole,” which Harron directed and which stars Agnes Bruckner (“Blue Car”) as the model and actress. The film will premiere on Saturday, June 29, at 8:00pm, and co-stars Martin Landau as Smith’s 89-year-old oil tycoon husband J. Howard Marshall, Virginia Madsen as Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur, Adam Goldberg as Smith’s attorney and lover Howard K. Stern, and Cary Elwes as E. Pierce Marshall, who fought Smith’s claim to half of his father and her husband’s estate after he passed away.
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Judith Verno executive produced “Anna Nicole,” which was written by John Rice and Joe Batteer (“Blown Away,” “Windtalkers”) and produced by Sony Pictures Television. The film promised to follow Smith from her days as a Texas high school dropout and single mother named Vickie Lynn Hogan through to her self-reinvention, her marriage to Marshall, her Playboy spread and rise to fame, her reality series and her death by prescription pill overdose.