Gabby Petito Lifetime Movie Trailer Released

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BLUE POINT, NY — Lifetime’s “The Gabby Petito Story” trailer released this weekend centers on the Long Island native’s complicated relationship with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

The film explores what could have gone wrong during their cross-country trip that culminated in his tragic murder last August.

Petito, a 22-year-old Blue Point vlogger, disappeared in August 2021 while on a cross-country “Van Life” trip with Laundrie. He returned to his parents’ home in Florida in his van on September 1, 2021, without her. After a frantic interstate search, involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Petito was found strangled to death near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19, eight days after she disappeared.

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Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida swamp, along with a note in which he claimed responsibility for her death. In her writings, Laundrie said she fell and was in so much pain that he strangled her.

In a YouTube post captioning the trailer, the film’s producers noted that Petito’s disappearance had caught America’s attention, sparking a nationwide search for her.

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“The non-stop news coverage has amateur sleuths dissecting Gabby’s social media posts for clues to what happened to her during her trip, leading to the eventual discovery of her body in Wyoming,” indicates the message. “As the first anniversary of her tragic death approaches, the film will bring Gabby and Brian’s doomed love story to life, including the warning signs that Gabby’s life was in danger, the search that followed, the eventual discovery of his murder and ultimately, Brian’s suicide.”

The trailer begins with Petito, played by actress Skylar Samuels, leaning against the window of a van as Laundrie, played by actor Evan Hall, drives. The clip then follows with her telling someone, “I know you don’t see him, but, like, most of the time, he’s like a really great guy.”

Afterwards, Petito and Laundrie share a tender moment sitting up in bed, and he says, “So I thought we’d just hit the road and see what happens.”

She agrees touching the side of her face. But the tone of the trailer soon darkens.

Next, the vlogger, who had shared photos and videos from their trip across the United States, tells Laundrie how she shares with the world.

Laundrie dismisses her, questioning, “Why would the world care about our trip?”

The trailer also features a segment showing the now infamous Utah traffic stop, in which the two were caught on police body camera footage after an intense argument. You could see Petito crying all the time.

” What’s going on ? Why are you crying ? asks the officer.

Petito can then be seen oblivious as Laundrie eavesdrops while telling someone on the phone, “One second I’m so happy and in love and the next he’s in love is a complete stranger.”

The next clip shows Petito yelling at Laundrie, “Let go of me!” then she pushes him away.

In the next scene, the filmmakers recreate a scene described by witnesses where the two fight in a restaurant. Laundrie throws food on the table and gets up from her seat.

The scene quickly cuts to Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, played by director Thora Birch, saying, “Something about that is wrong,” and then a friend of Petito’s telling him, “These episodes of Brian aren’t going to stop. to occur.

Someone then says to Petito, “You should get in your car and drive away.”

The trailer ends with a campfire scene and Petito says to Laundrie, “I thought you wanted to travel and see the world together, but instead you feel like you just want me for you all. only.”

The film is part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women public affairs initiative and as part of this there will be a new public service announcement debuting “as part of the film’s rollout, leading to the important work of the coalition of network partners to provide resources for women,” the producers said in May.

The trailer also contains a public service announcement advising anyone suffering from domestic violence to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Petito’s family have previously said they don’t approve of the film, according to an article in The Sun.

In a statement released by the AWARE Foundation, which has partnered with the Schmidt/Petito family for programs on domestic violence, Schmidt said, “We thought our subscribers should know that the Lifetime movie about Gabby Petito has no no connection to the Petito family nor did they give their approval,” reads the statement shared by the foundation.

“Lifetime took it upon itself to make the film,” the statement read.

The Petito/Schmidt family is suing Laundrie’s parents for wrongful death, as well as police in Moab, Utah, where the traffic stop was filmed.

“The Gabby Petito Story” premieres on Lifetime on October 1.

To watch the trailer, click here.

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