'Scandal's' Tony Goldwyn to play Mormon polygamist in Lifetime film 'Outlaw Prophet'
"Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn -- President Fitzgerald Grant himself -- is set to play the infamous Warren Jeffs in Lifetime's upcoming movie "Outlaw Prophet," THR reports. The film tells the true story of Jeffs, the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who ranked on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List for more than a year. After eluding authorities, he was ultimately apprehended by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.
"Outlaw Prophet" is based on Stephen Singular's best-selling book "When Men Become Gods," which tracks Jeffs' rise to power following the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs. Academy Awards executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Bonnie & Clyde") will serve as EPs on the film alongside Judith Verno ("Lizzie Borden Took an Ax"). Lifetime has yet to set a premiere date.
Outside of "Scandal," which is in the midst of wrapping production on a truncated third season due to star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, Goldwyn has kept himself busy. Aside from "Outlaw Prophet," Goldwyn appears as Shailene Woodley's in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of "Divergent," which hits theaters March 21. He also co-created, executive produces and directs the first two episodes of WE tv's first scripted drama, "The Divide," which premieres this summer.
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