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Dean Cain to play Scott Peterson in movie

Dean Cain in "Out of Time."

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LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Former "Lois and Clark" star Dean Cain has been tapped to portray accused murderer Scott Peterson in USA Network's TV movie "The Perfect Husband."

Peterson, charged with slaying his pregnant wife and their unborn son, is back in the news this week as a hearing opened Wednesday to determine whether he must stand trial for the murders.

"The Perfect Husband" will tell Peterson's story, beginning with the mysterious disappearance of the eight-months-pregnant Laci Peterson on Christmas Eve last year. It will chronicle the extensive search for the missing Modesto, California, woman and the grim discovery of the remains of Laci and her baby along the San Francisco Bay and will end with the arrest of a disguised Scott Peterson in April as he traveled to Mexico.

Filming is scheduled to begin early next month in San Diego.

" 'The Perfect Husband' is not just a movie about a specific crime, it's also a movie about our culture -- how someone can gain and then betray the trust of a woman, a family, a community," said Jeff Wachtel, USA executive VP original scripted programming. "Dean is a perfect choice for the role -- he combines classic, all-American good looks with an ability to convey the startling contradictions beneath the surface."

The role of Peterson marks a departure for Cain. After years of playing good guys and heroes, most notably his starring role on ABC's series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," the actor first ventured into the dark side this year with the feature "Out of Time."

He also hosts the TBS syndicated series "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and has a role on the Lifetime series "The Division." (TBS is a division of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

Dee Wallace-Stone, best known for her role in Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," will play Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha. Tim Quill, who was featured in Steven Bochco's pilot for Fox's "NYPD 2069," will play Laci's brother Brent. David Denman, who will next be seen in the features "The Big Fish" and "The Singing Detective," will play Tommy Vignatti, a close friend of both Laci and Scott.

Emmy-winning director Roger Young ("Murder in Mississippi") is on board to direct from a script by Dave Erickson (USA's "Murder in Greenwich").

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