Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has joined the cast of Boston Strangler, a new 20th Century Studios crime drama centred on the eponymous serial killer.
Written by Crown Heights' Matt Ruskin, the film is expected to follow Loretta McLaughlin, the investigative journalist who connected the killings that took place in and around the Massachusetts capital in the early 1960s, and ultimately broke the story of the Strangler.
McLaughlin, along with her Record American colleague Jean Cole, challenged the sexist workplace limitations of the time period to report on the city's most notorious murderer, and worked tirelessly to keep women informed – risking their own personal safety in the process.
Following a confession in 1964, and the discovery of DNA evidence on the final victim, the Strangler's crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo. He received a life sentence in 1967.
Later that year, he escaped along with two other inmates, but gave himself up the following day. Six years after his transfer to a maximum security lock-up, he was found stabbed to death in the infirmary of Walpole State Prison.
Deadline states that the movie is expected to start filming on location in Boston in December of this year, with Knightley in the role of McLaughlin and Ruskin, who hails from Boston himself, on board to direct.
The Last Duel's Ridley Scott and Kevin Walsh of Scott Free will produce, as will Promising Young Woman's Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara of LuckyChap Entertainment.
Before she'll be seen in Boston Strangler, however, Knightley will be appear in festive family drama Silent Night, and be heard voicing an animated version of German artist Charlotte Solomon in Charlotte.
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