"Heroes" Star Hayden Panettiere to Portray Murderer Amanda Knox

Hayden Panettiere is set to play Amanda Knox, the girl who was convicted of murdering British exchange student Meredith Kercher, in a TV movie to air next year. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison amidst a very controversial case that saw her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and friend Rudy Guede also imprisoned. She has always protested her innocence and appealed her conviction. Hayden says of playing the role:

“The thing is when you don’t know how to play it, that’s the most complicated thing, because I can’t go in there with the idea that I’m innocent or I’m guilty,” she told the BBC Breakfast show. “You can’t kinda lean either way. If you have to lean any way in the script, it would be more the innocent side of playing it.

“So it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m really excited about it. And we’ll be in Rome for about five weeks.”

Hayden says the facts don’t add up in the case:

“It is a very controversial topic and it is very two-sided,” she said. “I mean, if you look at the facts and stuff, there is a lot of things that don’t make sense.

“But it is her story up until she was convicted of 26 years and it’s very in between, it’s pretty fact-driven so it’s hopefully when people see it they won’t think it’s quite as controversial as it has been billed to be."

She can be seen here at the UK premiere of Alpha and Omega, where she fell crazy in love with a beautiful little dog. To watch the expression on her face when she first notices the dog and the pictures leading up to her holding the dog are priceless.

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