The melodramatic "A Deadly Adoption" has several hallmarks of Lifetime's original movies and features the "Saturday Night Live" alums as an affluent small-town couple who take in a young, beautiful pregnant woman ("90210's" Jessica Lowndes) with plans to adopt her child.
The film appears to be an homage to the Lifetime Original Movie franchise on its 25th anniverary and has been shrouded in secrecy since surprising reports leaked that Ferrell and Wiig did a TV movie for the network earlier this year. Ferrell, an executive producer on the "high-stakes dramatic thriller," even said they'd pulled the plug on the project once it went public.
But that hasn't been the case since a billboard for "A Deadly Adoption" went up in Hollywood and the cable network released a teaser of the film. Rachel Goldenberg directed the film and writer-producer Andrew Steele, whose credits include "Funny or Die," "SNL" and 2012's "Casa De Mi Padre" that also starred Ferrell, wrote the script.
The actors go for serious and dramatic in the trailer, though the setting has all the trappings of a parody but with a much longer running time than an "SNL" Digital Short.
Ferrell, bearded and successful, has built an ideal life with his wife, one that proves irresistible to the pregnant temptress.
"You're going to have a perfect life one day, I promise," Wiig tells the girl.
"I hope it's in a town like this with a family like yours," Lowndes replies.
And that's when things get deadly! Moments of intrigue play out, complete with photos being ripped, creepy shots of her watching them sleep, covert meet-ups in a closet, a crying kid, a bloody brawl, speeding cars and even a gun!
"A Deadly Adoption" airs June 20.
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