Actor Keira Knightley is set to headline the upcoming drama film Boston Strongler for 20th Century Studios. The feature film will be written and directed by Matt Ruskin of Crown Heights Fame, and will be produced by renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott along with Kevin Walsh under the popular Scott Free banner, according to Deadline.
The film was inspired by the infamous Boston Strangler assassinations between June 1962 and January 1964. During that time 13 women were murdered by a serial killer.
The film follows the true story of Loretta McLaughlin (Knightley), the first reporter to link the murders and break the Strangler story. She and fellow reporter Jean Cole challenged the reporting of the city’s most famous serial killer in the early 1960s and worked tirelessly to provide information to women.
Loretta followed the story with great personal risk and uncovered a corruption that casts doubt on Boston Strangler’s true identity.
Boston Strangler is also produced by LuckyChop Entertainment’s Tom Akerley and Josie McNamara. Film production will begin in December.
She is famous for her acting in movies like Knightley Pride and prejudice, Pirate of the Caribbean series, Atonement, Anna Karenina and The Imitation Game.
The English star will next appear in the comedy film Silent Night and the animated film Charlotte, in which she voiced the lead role.