By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com April 30 2001 11:00 PM ET
Canadian actor Shane Meier will be playing the lead in the NBC film The Matthew Shepard Story, which is set to begin filming in May. Variety reports that Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston are also attached to the project. The story of the victim of a gay hate crime in Wyoming, which galvanized public sentiment at the time, is a far cry from Meiers previous job, completing the first season of the Animal Planet series Call of the Wild, based on the Jack London novel.