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Neve Campbell to star in Lifetime Amish drama 'Sworn to Silence'

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12/07/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Neve Campbell might be making her big television return in a two-hour made-for-television movie that is a backdoor pilot for a future series.

Lifetime is developing the drama "Sworn to Silence," which depicts an Amish community in Painter's Mill, Ohio that "is shattered when a series of brutal murders leaves the town with a sense of frailty and loss of innocence," according to a statement from the network.

Campbell, who is likely best known for her work on the television series "Party of Five" and in the "Scream" horror film franchise, will play Kate Burkholder, a woman returns to Painter's Mill 15 years after she left her Amish life behind when she survived the murders. Burkholder comes back to her hometown to become the chief of police. A murder investigation triggers deep-seated emotions from her childhood and exposes dark secret that could destroy her.

The script is based on the book by the same name written by Linda Castillo. The project will also be co-executive produced by Campbell, who has also entered a development deal with the network for scripted dramas and original movies.

"Growing our scripted programming remains a top priority for Lifetime and our longform strategy provides us with a strong stable from which to identify potential series," Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. "I've always admired Neve's work. She is a proven talent who will bring a high level of intensity and presence to this role and 'Sworn to Silence.'"

Earlier this year Campbell reprised her role as Sidney Prescott in "Scream 4" alongside Courteney Cox and David Arquette. The film made $38 million at the box office.

In June 2010 she filed for divorce from husband John Light, who she wed in 2007. She was married to actor Jeff Colt between 1995 and 1998. Campbell has no children.

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