The premise of a Lifetime original movie set to debut this fall may sound eerily familiar: It’s the Michelle Carter texting suicide case, which gained national awareness when Carter was put on trial in Massachusetts for encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself.
“Conrad and Michelle: If Words Could Kill” will be based on “real-life events, court testimonies and authentic texts” from the case, according to a Thursday press release from the cable network, and will chronicle Carter and Roy’s “turbulent tragic teen romance” that “shocked the nation.” The made-for-TV movie will star Bella Thorne (“The Duff”) as Carter and Austin P. McKenzie (“Speech & Debate”) as Roy. It will debut on Lifetime on Sept. 23.
Carter, of Plainville, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June 2017, with prosecutors successfully arguing that Carter’s texts to Roy, of Mattapoisett, convinced the 18-year-old to follow through on his intentions to take his own life. Carter encouraged Roy in dozens of text messages to kill himself. In July 2014, on the day Roy ended his life, Carter told him to “get back in” a truck filling with carbon monoxide. In August 2017, Carter was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Carter’s lawyers are currently in the process of appealing her conviction.
Lifetime also said in its release that it will be “providing suicide prevention resources from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.”