Keira Knightley has signed on to star in a film about the Boston Strangler Murders.
Pirates of the Caribbean actress to play investigative journalist Loretta McLaughlin, who was the first reporter to link the murders, break history and give the killer the famous nickname “The Boston Strangler”, along with her colleague American Record Jean Cole.
According to Deadline, McLaughlin and Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s most notorious serial killer and worked tirelessly to keep women informed. McLaughlin continued the story at the risk of his life and uncovered a corruption that cast doubt on the true identity of the Boston Strangler, who murdered 13 women aged 19 to 85 in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964.
The drama, titled Boston Strangler, will be directed by Crown Heights’ Matt Ruskin from his own screenplay. The Boston native has been researching the two reporters, tracing their families and actual investigative work since the early 1960s.
Filming for the film will begin in Boston in December.
The project is produced by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott alongside Kevin Walsh for their Scott Free banner, while other producers include Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara of LuckyChap Entertainment, the production company co-founded by Margot Robbie.
The Boston Strangler crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo based on his confession in a separate case, but there has long been speculation that they were committed by more than one person.
The affair was portrayed on screen several times, most notably in The Boston Strangler in 1968, with Tony Curtis as DeSalvo.