First photos from Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs

Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs wives with Molly Parker

Actor Tony Goldwyn is going from the controversially adulterous President of the United States on Scandal to a new role as the controversial President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) in the Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs, which premieres Saturday, June 28, at 8/7c. Check out some of the first official promotional photos for the movie released by Lifetime, including Goldwyn as Warren Jeffs as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Martin Landau as Warren’s father Rulon Jeffs and Molly Parker as one of his many wives (above).

Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs Martin Landau as Rulon Jeffs Tony Goldwyn as Warren Jeffs
^ Martin Landau as Rulon Jeffs and Tony Godwyn as his son Warren

Tony Goldwyn as Warren Jeffs in the Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs

Here’s the scoop on the movie from Lifetime’s press release:


Based on the True Story of the Polygamist Cult Leader and the Trail of Destruction He Left Behind

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2014) – Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Divergent), Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Crimes and Misdemeanors), Molly Parker (House of Cards, Deadwood) and Joey King (Fargo, Crazy Stupid Love) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs, from Sony Pictures Television, premiering Saturday, June 28, at 8pm ET/PT.

Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs truck scene

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs is the true story of the fundamentalist Mormon leader who spent more than a year on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted List” for unlawful flight on charges related to his alleged arrangement of illegal marriages involving underage girls. Based on the book When Men Become Gods, by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Singular, the movie chronicles Jeffs’ (Goldwyn) rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Landau).

Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs Rulon Jeffs

Within days of his father’s passing, Warren married all of his father’s wives and dictatorial control over his polygamist followers ensued. He demanded women in the sect be completely subservient to men, banned laughing and “reassigned” wives to other men at whim.

Jeffs was eventually charged as an accomplice to rape for arranging underage marriages but fled prosecution. After a year-long manhunt, he was finally apprehended in Texas and brought back to trial. The courtroom testimony of two brave young women who escaped his reign of terror ensured he would finally be convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Lifetime original movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs gathering

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs gives an inside look at the psychology of a cult leader and those who blindly followed him. Even to this day with their leader behind bars, members of his polygamist cult still believe that he is the prophet chosen by God himself.

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs premieres Saturday, June 28, at 8/7c on Lifetime.

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  • ashley

    Great book to read if you’re interested in this are Escape by Carolyn Jessop and The Witness Wore Red by rebecca Musser

  • anjealka

    As someone who lives very close to the FLDS community, I’m glad they are doing a movie. TLC’s shows I think sometimes did more harm then good since the FLDS were sometimes ask to act or recreate scenes and they recruited local non-flds to act. Luckily there are less then 2,000 members left so while I’m glad movies like this are made so the past does not repeat itself and people get answers, there are some way scary larger religious groups in the US right now that need attention as well.