Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will tackle an episode inspired by Netflix’s Emmy-nominated docu-series Making a Murderer, EW has confirmed. Henry Thomas (E.T.) and Kelli Williams (Lie to Me) have booked guest spots in the episode, airing this fall on NBC.
Thomas plays a Steven Avery-inspired character: a convicted rapist recently released from prison after 16 years thanks to new evidence who finds himself charged with a deadly new crime. Williams will play Melanie, the rape victim who originally accused Thomas’ character of the crime 16 years before.
Netflix’s 10-episode Making a Murderer documentary chronicled the twisty tale of Steven Avery, who was exonerated for a rape after spending nearly 20 years in prison only to get accused of murdering a photographer two years later. While the series received critical acclaim, the original prosecutor on the case balked at its accuracy. Earlier this month, Netflix renewed the series for a second season to explore the continued developments in the complex case.
Law & Order: SVU returns for its 18th season on Wednesday, Sept. 21 on NBC.