Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) has signed on to play Amanda Knox in an upcoming Lifetime telepic.

The TV movie will follow the real-life controversial case of Knox, an American exchange student who was accused by Italian authorities of brutally killing her roommate.

“The Amanda Knox Story” marks the first scripted project to come from Pilgrim Films and Television, the shingle run by Craig Piligian (“Dirty Jobs”).

Piligian is exec producing with Trevor Walton, Craig Anderson and Wendy Battles (who wrote the screenplay).

Robert Dornhelm is directing the TV movie, which will air next year.

Knox is currently serving a 26-year jail sentence for murder, sexual assault and obstruction of justice in the death of Meredith Kercher, a British woman who shared an apartment with Knox and two others in Perugia, Italy.

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