Thora Birch set to direct and co-stars in ‘The Gabby Petito Story’

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Emmy-nominated actress Thora Birch is set to direct and co-star in Lifetime’s film titled “The Gabby Petito Story.”

According to Deadline, the film will be part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women initiative, and it comes as the anniversary of Petito’s disappearance approaches this fall.

The project would delve into the tumultuous relationship between Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, which ultimately led to her disappearance and death.

The outlet reported that filming for the film would begin this summer in Utah and premiere later in the year.

Emmy-nominated actress Thora Birch is set to direct and co-star in Lifetime’s film titled “The Gabby Petito Story.” Birch is pictured here in 2019.
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The ‘The Walking Dead’ star has been cast as Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt.

Lifetime is launching a new initiative to share the stories of women who have experienced violence similar to Petito’s, but haven’t received as much attention on social media. These stories include Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, Adriane Fields, Beatrice Weston and more.

"The Walking Dead" The star was cast as Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt.  Gabby Petito is pictured here.
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The ‘The Walking Dead’ star has been cast as Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt. Gabby Petito is pictured here.
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Birch is making her return to the network while also making her directorial debut. She starred in Lifetime’s “The Liz Murray Story” in 2003 and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her role. Birch then starred in “The Pregnancy Pact” in 2010.

The Petito case shocked the nation after the girl and her 23-year-old fiancé went on a cross-country road trip, which Petito never completed.

The couple were traveling from New York to Oregon in a white 2012 Ford Transit van that they converted into a motorhome. Tipsters have suggested the pair were last seen together in late August in Wyoming, near Grand Teton National Park.

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Petito’s family reported him missing on September 11, weeks after he last spoke with his mother in late August.

Brian Laundrie as seen in body camera footage released by the Moab Utah Police Department.

Brian Laundrie as seen in body camera footage released by the Moab Utah Police Department.
(Moab Police Department)

The FBI found the 22-year-old’s body in the Teton-Bridger National Forest on September 19.

Fox News Digital led the way as the story unfolded and was the first to report a domestic violence call involving Laundrie and Petito in Moab, Utah, which took place on August 12, as well as to confront Laundrie’s parents in September following a road trip to Orlando and Suite.

Laundrie was considered a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance, which became a murder investigation after authorities announced Oct. 12 following an autopsy that the woman had died of strangulation.

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A federal court in Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on September 23, 10 days after his last visit, based on allegations by Petito’s parents that he “stole” their daughter’s credit card. Authorities have linked Laundrie to about $1,000 in purchases between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.

On October 21, the FBI confirmed they found Laundrie’s remains at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida.

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