"He's Not Worth Dying For " is based heavily on real-life events surrounding three teens, Rachel Wade, Sarah Ludemann, and Josh Camacho, living in Pinellas Park, Florida. Their lives intersect, in a bitter love triangle that ends in fatality.
Lifetime TV is taking a dramatic trip down memory lane with the movie "He's Not Worth Dying For,'' by uncovering the drawbacks to adolescent relationships, triggers and the dangers of social media when given too much attention.
Although the factual chain of events didn’t transpire until 2009, the Lifetime original picks up at a chaotic reference point, where a girl is driving a car, and speeding to a halt in front of a house. She hops out of her car, to confront another young woman, who seemed taken aback by the sudden charge. They began to tussle, and shout at one another as spectators watched and cheered, while recording the fight in blatant amusement.
Eventually, viewers learn that the two girls are Isla, micro influencer (played by Rachel Boyd) and Grace, a quaint girl from around the way (played by Hilda Martin). They are on quite different ends of the social circuit where Isla is GED graduate, a little older, persuasive, and popular. Even though Isla graduated high school, and has he own apartment, her dad disapproves of the choices she makes in life, including her tryst of becoming a social media sensation. Isla is a little manipulative once she learns that her influence is growing on social media. In addition to that, she has attachment issues-- Viewers get a whiff of it early in the movie, while Grace is the opposite, more reserved, and sincere. She’s also valedictorian at her high school. Although Grace seems to have the better life with supportive parents, that hang on her every word; Grace is insecure, lacking self-love. She’s always watched Isla from the shadows, in adoration and secret competition. Grace is jealous of Isla's glowing popularity— and that envy ultimately turns to rage.
Finally, viewers meet Jake, who's the narcissistic, gun toting, smooth talking B-boy in all this chaos. He acquaints himself with both Isla and Grace-- Jake is clear on one thing, that he likes both women. Jake makes a choice, going with the fun girl over the good girl (but of course!). From there, it’s just one tumultuous event after the next, and it all plays out on social media.
He’s Not Worth Dying For airing June 25 at 8:00 PM EST.
The story is one played out a million times when dealing with domestic partners and relationships that end in death.
When speaking with actors Lachlan Quarmby, Rachel Boyd, Hilda Martin, they confirm that this is their first starring role—They also talk about the dynamics of each character that make them relatable. Quamby says that he is nothing like his character at all, and he’s deeply affected by the story line. In addition, they all hope that people can learn from the story, to incorporate more self-love, and be aware of red flags in relationships whether male or female.
Inspired by a true events, He’s Not Worth Dying For follows the intertwined real and social media lives of Isla (Rachel Boyd), a 19-year-old girl who has established herself as a beauty and fashion influencer and Grace (Hilda Martin) the expected valedictorian of her class with hopes of a veterinary career. Though both are quite different, they unknowingly share one thing in common - Jake (Lachlan Quarmby) - who is dating them both without their knowledge. When Isla and Grace discover that Jake was cheating on them, the girls turn on each other in a jealous rivalry and use their arsenal of social media platforms to badmouth and attack one another. While their followers take sides and pit them against each other, their hatred for one another escalates into a real life fight that ultimately turns deadly. Robin Givens stars as Grace's mother, Cher, while Lochlyn Munro stars as the District Attorney investigating the case.
He's Not Worth Dying For is produced by Doomed Productions Inc for Lifetime with Tim Johnson, Orly Adelson, Stacy Mandelberg and Jon Eskenas serving as executive producers. Kevin Fair directs from a script written by Jacqueline Zambrano.