“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” co-star Michelle Trachtenberg will play the lead role in “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier,” Lifetime’s adaptation of Ann Packer’s novel.

John Wierick adapted Packer’s book, which focuses on Carrie Bell (Trachtenberg), a young woman who is having doubts about marrying her high school sweetheart. After he’s paralyzed in a diving accident, she’s forced to reexamine her life and flees to New York. Once she finds professional success and new love in the Big Apple, she gets to reexamine her life again.

Harry Winer (“Alias,” “Veronica Mars”) is adapting the production, which comes from Con Artists, the television arm of Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions, and Fox Television Studios.

Trachtenberg’s new feature film “Ice Princess” opened over the weekend and made roughly $7 million. The star of “Harriet the Spy” and Eurotrip” is still best know as Dawn Summers on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

“We are thrilled that Michelle is joining us to bring Ann Packer’s celebrated novel to life,” Trevor Walton, Lifetime’s senior vice president of original movies. “It’s an absorbing, suspenseful and sexy story that explores the dilemma of choosing between what you feel you owe to the people who love you and what you owe yourself. We are also delighted that this movie marks our first foray into partnership with Icon Productions and Fox Television Studios.”


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