The cast of the film Inside The Gabby Petito Story in which Skyler Samuels and Brian Laudrie, actor Evan Hall, were criticized
Gabby Petito’s Lifetime story has become a controversial topic as many say the film comes “too soon” after the vlogger’s tragic murder.
The film’s lead actress has come under fire online as people believe she is using Gabby’s murder for ‘fame and money’.
Skyler Samuels stars as the 22-year-old vlogger opposite Evan Hall playing Gabby’s fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23.
Samuels is an American actress best known for her role as Grace Gardner in FOX’s “Scream Queens.”
Playing the role of Gabby Petito, Samuels will portray the life of the travel influencer, who was murdered a year ago while on a cross-country road trip by her boyfriend, Brain Laundrie, played by Evan Hall.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Skyler said it was overwhelming to reprise the vlogger role.
“When I was presented with the opportunity to embody Gabby, I was admittedly pretty overwhelmed and it was a tough decision to make,” she told the outlet. “It’s a big responsibility to play someone who was alive.”
“I also felt it was a chance to give Gabby a voice in her own story that I don’t think the media has done justice with,” Skyler continues.
“I think we as a mainstream media culture have come to the end of a much more complicated story and so Gabby’s life is much more than the headlines we read when all these tragedies started to unfold. happen and I just think she deserves better.”
She adds: “The world should know that she was a fighter and she was fierce and she has a lot more to offer than when she started.”
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Co-star Evan Hall stars as Petito’s boyfriend and murderer, Brian Laundrie, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Hall called the Lifetime movie a “cautionary tale.”
Alongside Skyler and Hall, “The Walking Dead” actress Thora Birch plays Nicole Schmidt, Gabby’s mother, “Landing Home” actor Douglas Taurel playing Joe Petito, her father, and ” Mr. Earth” Stacy Ann Turner as Tara Petito, her sister.
Here is the full cast list of The Gabby Petito Story:
Monica Moore Smith as Matisha Baldwin
Samuel Whitten as Jim Schmidt
Lonzo Liggins as No. 1 Officer
Brian Kinney as Officer #2
Melanie Nelson as Reporter
Nikki Soohoo as Miranda
Aaron Groben as John
Tyrone Chambers as Friend
Jan Broberg as Lawyer
Kimberly Houk as Reporter
Bridger Johnson as TJ
Gabby Petito’s story airs on the Lifetime Network on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 PM EST.