The shocking secret of a hidden age is about to feel a lot like child’s play. Younger star Nico Tortorella will play the lethal Lyle Menendez in Lifetime’s upcoming movie about the Menendez brothers. His casting follows that of Courtney Love as matriarch Kitty Menendez, who, in addition to father Jose (Benito Martinez), was offed at the hands of her children. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Myko Olivier will play younger Menendez brother and second killer, Erik. The Lifetime movie is one of several competing properties about the 1989 murders to emerge since American Crime Story launched a true-crime TV wave. Tortorella’s role will mark his return to the killing fields after starring as one of the twisted cult members on the decidedly less realistic The Following, so here’s to the cold comfort of murder minus the cumbersome effort of a creative touch.
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