‘Heroes’ star cast in Amanda ‘Foxy Knoxy’ Knox biopic

Hayden Panettiere will play the murderer

Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere has signed on to star in a biopic of Amanda Knox – the US student who murdered British girl Meredith Kercher in Italy.

Knox – dubbed ‘Foxy Knoxy’ by the Italian press – was sentenced to 26 years in jail for the murder of her housemate in 2007. Her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced for 25 years, while drug dealer Rudy Guede was jailed for 16 years.

The trio, who have still maintained their innocence, are said to take part in a sex attack, which ended with Kercher‘s throat being slit.

A fake break-in was staged, but Knox‘s strange behaviour alerted police.

The film, which will air on US TV next year, will be written by Law and Order‘s Wendy Battles.