The serial killer drama Boston Strangler will begin production in December, in the city where the murderer operated.

20th Century Studios is behind a dramatic retelling of the infamous true crime story of The Boston Strangler, a serial killer who operated in the city in the 1960s. Keira Knightley is set to star in the film, which will be co-produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company, alongside Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

The film, which will be directed by Matt Ruskin (the Crown Heights creator), is set to go into production in December, with Knightley playing Loretta McLaughlin, the ‘first reporter to connect the series of deaths and break the story that Boston had a serial killer in its midst, teaming up with fellow journalist Jean Cole to report on the case and keep local women up to date on the latest developments, despite the inherent sexism they faced from within their own industry.’

The film is likely to be targeting a release date of the end of next year.

Ruskin, who is a Boston native himself, has also written the screenplay, and conducted exacting research, including interviews with the families of both Cole and McLaughlin. As a period thriller, Boston Strangler has lots of potential and could well see Knightley nominated for a third Oscar. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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