Though the names of the cast have yet to be released, photos show a blonde woman and a man resembling Laundrie walking around with their arms around each other, while another snap shows the two actors in an intense argument.
The TV flick, titled The Story of Gabby Petito, is being directed by Thora Birch, who's also portraying Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt. The project will aim to tell what happened between the couple prior to Petito's death and the messy aftermath.
The young couple had gone on a summer road trip in 2021 when Petito was reported missing. Her body was found in September, and after Laundrie went on the run, his body was then discovered, with an autopsy revealing he died from suicide using a gun.
Some on social media voiced their anger at Hollywood for retelling the story, with one Twitter user writing, "Who thought this was ok?" Echoed another, "Leave it to Lifetime to totally capitalize off of some poor family's tragedy."
Eerily enough, the snaps from the movie production were released just a couple of days and murder confession were leaked to the public. In the pages, Laundrie claimed the young star had injured herself and was "in extreme pain," so "I ended her life. I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked."
"I have killed myself by this creek in the hopes that animals may tear me apart," his admission continued. "That it may make some of her family happy."
Last week, Petito's parents took part in a pre-trial hearing to see if they would be allowed to go ahead with a lawsuit against Laundrie's parents, as the former believe the latter knew their son had killed Petito and withheld crucial information from the cops in order to protect him.