Rob Lowe To Play Drew Peterson In TV Movie

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — You know Rob Lowe as political hopeful Sam Seaborn on “The West Wing,” or sleazy television executive Benjamin Kane in “Wayne’s World,” but can you imagine him as the infamous former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson?

As CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports, it’s going to be happening. Lowe will play Peterson in an upcoming made-for-TV movie, “The Drew Peterson Story,” and neighbors in Bolingbrook Tuesday night reacted with shock, surprise and a little curiosity.

Peterson has been a fixture in the headlines for nearly the past four years. He is now in the Will County Jail awaiting trial in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose death was originally ruled an accident after her body was found in a dry bathtub.

Peterson is also suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Residents of Bolingbrook say turning that and other family tragedies into a movie is sure to stir up more controversy.

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“I think it’s a little bit crazy,” one woman said in a Bolingbrook parking lot.

“Oh my gosh,” another said.

The choice of Lowe to play Peterson drew strong reaction too.

“That’s ridiculous,” a woman said, “and why Rob Lowe?”

Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, says he told Peterson about the movie on Tuesday.

Peterson responded: “If I was ever in a movie I was hoping I would be portrayed by Denzel Washington, but I guess Rob Lowe is OK. However, only Al Lewis could portray (Will County) State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow.”

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, also released a statement: “It has been brought to my attention that there will be a movie made about Drew Peterson, based on the Book ‘Fatal Vows.’ I did not read the book, but I just wanted to let everyone know that any references made about my sister or the Cales family was not authorized by us.”

People who have watched the case unfold say it’s hard to imagine what relatives are feeling now.

“Unbelievable,” one of the women in the parking lot said. “I can’t believe all the attention that he gets.”

As for the families, another said: “That’s really hard for them to watch. I can’t even imagine, if that was my family, to first of all go through that in general and then to have to see it on TV.”

The movie will air on Lifetime. It is based on a book by Joseph Hosey, The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson.

In other casting, Kaley Cuoco, better known as Penny from “The Big Bang Theory,” will play Stacy Peterson.

  • Roberta Waker

    Why would ANYONE spend good money to make a movie about this piece of trash? With Petersonn still in jail, the movie will not have an ending. Hopefully,, people will not want to spend their hard earned money to see this movie.

  • gibson

    i can’t believe that this can be allowed. The man hasn’t even gone to court yet. Staci has never been found. I like Rob Lowe but not anymore if he takes on this role. Goodbye CBS…

  • Kenny

    I’m OK with this idea, as long as all proceeds go towards Drew’s defense fund and his children. After all, at this point, he is presumed innocent.

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  • Springfield

    Dennis Farina would have been a much better choice. Farina is from Chicago (former police officer), is the right age & appearance, and could capture the mannerisms of Peterson. Rob Lowe is too young, not from the area, and does not look anything like Peterson. No matter how hard he would try, he could not capture Peterson’s mannerisms or sociopathic behavior.

  • Avg Joe

    …the name of the movie is…..Serial Dad….

  • Larry

    Disgusting. And it gives a two-time murderer a chance to make yet another lame, unfunny joke. He just loves the attention. Stop printing his words, media.

    Also, it looks like he’s getting away with both crimes, as there seems to be no trial forthcoming anytime soon.


    • Brian

      Two time murderer? I must have missed something. He hasn’t even been tried yet. Eliminate the second autopsy, bought and paid for, and all heresay evidence from people who hate his guts, and the police are left with nothing more than speculation. This guy just may have possibly commited the perfect crime.

  • Larry

    Unfortunately, you may be right about him committing the “perfect crime[s].”

    For the record, yes, the second autopsy was paid for. But the coroner’s jury was stacked – people who know Peterson were on it. Conflict of interest much? As such, you have to throw that out the window.

  • Steve

    Why a movie? This guys been in front of the camera so much how could there be anyone out there who doesn’t know this story. He hasn’t had his day in court and the prosecuting attorney fabricated a law that contradicts our civil rights. I haven’t heard of anyone else who has been charged with a crime using this law except Peterson. Make the movie about that!

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