May 10 (UPI) -- Production has begun on the Lifetime Original Movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart, starring Alana Boden as the titular, kidnap victim.
The film will air later this year, marking the 15-year anniversary of Smart's abduction. Lifetime's sister network A&E is working on a 2-part, non-fiction, Biography special about Smart, as well.
"In June 2002, Elizabeth Ann Smart was a naive, 14-year-old girl when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by a religious fanatic Brian Mitchell," a Lifetime synopsis said. "He brought her to a hilly encampment where, with his twisted accomplice Wanda Barzee, he held Elizabeth captive. She was starved, drugged, raped and subjected to bizarre religious rituals until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue. A film about the kidnapping was rushed on the air shortly after the incident, but it shied away from the reality of what Elizabeth went through. Now, in I Am Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth herself, as a producer and on-screen narrator, explores how she survived and confronts the truths and misconceptions about her captivity."