Canadian Actress Holly Duveaux Cast as Casey Anthony for Lifetime Movie

The movie is based on prosecutor Jeff Ashton's memoir

By Cathy Rainone
|  Friday, May 25, 2012  |  Updated 12:42 PM EDT
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Holly Deveaux is about to get infamous.

The little-known Canadian actress will portray the notorious Casey Anthony in a Lifetime biopic, “Imperfect Justice,” Us Weekly reported. 

Her role is sure to receive a lot of attention.

“It's nerve-wracking to combat such a controversial issue as well, the outpouring of negativity for Casey Anthony is unlike anything we've seen in the media in years," said the Toronto-born actress, according to ET Canada.

Deveaux,19, has starred in several TV series in Canada and in a 2011 TNT movie, "Silent Witness."

Kristen Stewart, Alyssa Milano, and Jennifer Love Hewitt were reportedly fan favorites for the Anthony role, but Deveaux snatched the part after two auditions, according to Us.

“I’ve been receiving tons of emails, messages and such from people I haven’t seen in year,"  Deveaux told ET. "My parents have been calling me from home a lot, letting me know every time my name pops up on the TV or the Internet. It all happened overnight… unbelievable!”

Deveaux will co-star alongside "Parks and Recreation" actor Rob Lowe, who will play Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton. The movie is based on Ashton’s memoir, according to People Magazine, and will focus on the attorneys behind the 2011 trial. The cast also includes Elizabeth Mitchell, who will play fellow prosecutor Linda Drake Burdic and “The Office's” Oscar Nunez who will portray Anthony's outspoken defense attorney Jose Baez, Us reported.

Anthony, 26, was found not guilty in July of murdering her 2-year old daughter, Caylee in 2008. She was convicted of making false statements to police. After her release from jail she went into hiding due to death threats.

"I'm not going to make her into anything she is not,” said Deveaux, according to ET Canada. “The fact of it, beyond any verdicts in court, is that she was someone struggling through what was undoubtedly the most difficult trial of a lifetime."

Selected Reading: Us Weekly, People, ET Canada

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