Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story, starring Luke Macfarlane, premieres Sept 30 on Lifetime! – TRAILER

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Luke Macfarlane is an unfaithful and plotting husband in Lifetime’s new film, Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story, premiering September 30 at 8/7c. Let's take a first look!

Luke Macfarlane is an unfaithful and plotting husband in Lifetime’s new film, Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story, premiering September 30 at 8/7c. Let’s take a first look!

SYNOPSIS

Inspired by a true story and based on Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris’ “A Killing in Amish Country: Sex, Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder,” Amish Stud sees Luke Macfarlane take on the role of Eli Weaver, a husband and father living in a conservative Amish community in Ohio. 

As the trailer begins, Eli and his wife, Barbara Weaver (The Flash’s Miranda MacDougall), are seemingly the picture of happiness.

They bond over their desire for a “big, exciting, life-changing love.” Barbara also shares her simple wishes for her life, saying, “I want to live a good Amish life, devoted to God, and my husband.”

But Eli has a desire for more than he’s let on, though. As he gives in to temptations that are forbidden to him based on his religion — women, sex and technology — the Weaver family crumbles.

After downloading a dating app and creating a profile dubbed “Amish Stud,” Eli begins a string of affairs, and his passion for his many mistresses is directly correlated to his distaste for his wife. “As long as she is still breathing, she will keep us apart,” Macfarlane’s character says of his wife in the trailer.

One of his mistresses, Barb Raber (Kirsten Vangsness), seems to be in on Eli’s desire to get rid of his wife. 

“Look up fast ways to kill somebody,” Eli says to Barb in a clip from the trailer, to which she replies, “Are you in a rush?”

At one point, Vangsness’ character says of Eli’s wife: “I wish she was dead.”

Barbara is far from unaware of her husband’s infidelity. In one clip, she walks in on Eli and Barb together as they’re in the midst of a hookup. In another, she finds what seems to be a love note — one that’s either not from her or not addressed to her — amongst her husband’s belongings.

Despite her suspicions, it’s only when Barbara is found dead from a shotgun wound in the Weaver’s home that the extent of her husband’s behavior is truly revealed. 

“We should have listened when she asked for help,” an Amish woman says of Barbara during an appearance in court, hinting at Barbara’s awareness of her husband’s illicit activities.

Though Eli has a rock-solid alibi — he was fishing with friends at the time of the shooting — when investigators discover his secret phone, which he’d used for his many affairs, they find themselves awash in new discoveries, according to the synopsis. 

Vangsness’ character — who is also married, herself — is of prime interest in the investigation.

CAST

Luke MacFarlane as Eli Weaver

Miranda MacDougall as Barbara Weaver

Kirsten Vangsness as Barb Raber

Amish Stud is just one of the true stories that Lifetime is bringing to the screen this fall. The movie is produced for Lifetime by Stud Productions Inc. In association with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ production company, Milojo Productions, and Johnson Production Group.

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Source: PEOPLE

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