Lifetime announced plans Wednesday for two “ripped from the headlines” movies to air this fall, with People’s Choice winner Alyson Hannigan set to star in “53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer” and Addison Holley, Ian Lake and Sarah Booth lined up for “Saving Alex” (working title).
Lifetime describes “53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer” as “the harrowing true story of high school teacher Mary Stauffer and her eight-year old daughter, Beth, who are held captive for 53 days by a former student who was obsessed with her.”
“Saving Alex” tells the story of 15-year-old Alex Cooper, held against her will in a gay conversion therapy home.
Here’s more from Lifetime about “53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer”:
On May 16, 1980, the lives of teacher and missionary Mary Stauffer (Alyson Hannigan) and her eight-year-old daughter Beth (Daphne Hoskins), were forever changed when they were held at gunpoint on their way home. With their hands bound and forced into the trunk of Mary’s car, the mother and daughter were held captive by the man, Ming Sen Shiue, who Mary later discovered was her former student from 15 years prior, was obsessed with Mary and had been stalking her ever since. Enduring torture, rape and numerous threats, Mary turned to her faith to sustain her and her daughter while held in captivity for 53 days, before they were able to finally escape their horrific nightmare.