Amanda Peet, Christian Slater to Star in “Dirty John” Season 2

Amanda Peet. Photo by Lionel Hahn/January Images/Shutterstock (9928164bd)

Amanda Peet and Christian Slater have been cast in the second installment of Dirty John.

Peet and Slater will take over as leads in the forthcoming second season of the true-crime anthology. Season one starred Connie Briton and Eric Bana. 

Subtitled The Betty Broderick Story season two will chronicle one of “America’s messiest divorces” — an infamous and deadly divorce case in which a Southern California wife murders her husband and his mistress-turned-wife in 1989.

According to Variety, Peet will play Broderick, the perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother married to her college boyfriend Dan (Slater). “After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded into the San Diego legal community as a superstar, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is until Dan hires Linda, a bright, beautiful young woman with whom he can happily forget the struggles of his past.”

“The first season of Dirty John was a story of twisted love and coercive control — and both these insidious elements are also present in and integral to the story of Betty Broderick, whom I have wanted to write about since I became a writer,” said series creator Alexandra Cunningham in a statement. “I can’t wait to see Amanda and Christian bring it to life.”