The tragic tale of Gabby Petito is coming to Lifetime this fall in the form of a movie, as well as a documentary, with both chronicling her at the hands of fiancé Brian Laundrie.
The Gabby Petito Story will air on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 1. The movie will then be followed by the documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Gabby Petito, at 10 p.m.
Petito left for a cross-country trip with Laundrie before being reported missing by her parents in September 2021. The trip began in early July of that year and was expected to last four months. Instead, she disappeared a little more than a month later, in late August.
Her body was later discovered in Wyoming, with manual strangulation being listed as the cause of death. Laundrie was considered the prime suspect — and his journal revealed that he was indeed the killer. A notebook containing Laundrie’s confession was found near his remains after he shot himself.
The Gabby Petito Story is expected to show the complicated and often rocky relationship between Petito and Laundrie, and detail what may have gone wrong on their cross-country jaunt. It will also reveal some warning signs that Petito may have been in danger, and depict the search for and discovery of her body, as well as Laundrie’s suicide.
It will star Skyler Samuels as Petito, Evan Hall as Laundrie and Thora Birch as Nichole Schmidt, Petito’s mother. Birch also directed the film.
The Gabby Petitio Story and documentary are part of Lifetime’s “Stop Violence Against Women” initiative, as the network is teaming with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to offer resources for women.