TV film about Ariel Castro’s Cleveland horror house planned

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Lifetime, the cable channel that never backs down from controversial, biographical telefilms — like the current “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” — now is planning “The Michelle Knight Story,” which is currently a working title. The film, of course, is about Knight, the first victim of Ariel Castro, who kidnapped and raped Knight and two other teenagers, keeping them captive in his Cleveland home for more than a decade.

Castro will be played by actor Raymond Cruz, best known for his roles on “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.”

After being convicted and sentenced to multiple life sentences, Castro committed suicide in prison.

No word yet on who will portray Knight, now 21, or Amanda Berry or Gina DeJesus, the other young women brutally victimized by Castro while in captivity.

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