Keira Knightley’s upcoming true crime film is currently playing key roles involved in the Boston Strangler affair.
The 20th Century Studios production tells the true story of Loretta McLaughlin (played by Knightley), the first reporter to relate the murders and break the Boston Strangler story. Filming for the film begins in Boston in December, with production currently seeking actors to fill key roles.
The studio is currently seeking to identify the main suspects in the case, including Daniel Marsh, George Nassar and Albert DeSalvo. Casting also seeks to fill the Boston Police Department, the Boston American record press room, and other key elements related to the case. You can find the list of roles below.
Boston strangler suspects
The film is currently in casting for the following prime suspects in the Boston Strangler case:
DANIEL MARAIS – One of the main suspects in the Boston Strangler murders and the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. After being kicked out of Harvard for drugs, he finds himself a patient in a mental hospital. The cast calls out a man in his late twenties / 30s.
ALBERT DESALVO – Another prime suspect in the investigation, described as a “crook and crawl with an impressive rap sheet”, who allegedly pretends to be a maintenance man or a model scout to lure victims. He confesses to the Boston Strangler murders, but it is later revealed that the confession was falsely constructed by his defense attorney.
Georges nassar – DeSalvo prison cellmate and former mafia hitman, identified in a police line as the killer. He helps DeSalvo build his confession. The cast calls out a man in his 30s / 40s.
Cops and journalists
The casting call also identifies several key police and newspaper roles that will appear in the film.
EDDIE CORSETTI – A chain-smoking old-school reporter who initially clashes with Loretta’s unorthodox reporting. The cast calls for a man in the late 60s / 70s, described as a Harry Dean Stanton or Bruce Dern type.
ARTHUR GULLY – Another veteran chain-smoker of the old school and the boss of the newsroom, who comes to admire and respect Loretta’s tenacity. Casting for men at the end of the 50s / 60s.
FRITZ – A Metro reporter amused by Loretta, but worried that she will seal her fate when she publishes an article critical of the police department. The cast calls out an attractive man in his late 30s / 40s.
STANLEY – A crime scene photographer who gives Loretta the inside scoop on F. Lee Bailey. The cast calls out a man from the 50s / 60s.
CHIEF XERES – The stubborn and optimistic Boston Police Chief, who finds himself outmatched by the city’s first serial killer. Cast a man in his sixties to play the role of Irish-American.
DETECTIVE LINKI – A gruff homicide detective from New York, investigating a crime he believes was committed by the Boston Strangler. And when he reaches out to Boston PD to no avail, he heads to town to take matters into his own hands. Start a man in his fifties to play Italian-American.
More key roles
In addition to police, reporters, and prime suspects, the film also features the following roles to tell the story of the Boston Strangler.
F LEE BAILEY – Albert DeSalvo’s star lawyer, who promises the man a book deal in exchange for his confession.
RICHARD DESALVO – Construction worker, ex-convict and brother of Albert DeSalvo who comes into contact with Loretta. Cast from the late 1930s / 1940s, but looking older after years of difficult life.
ANNE – The mother of one of the girls murdered by the Boston Strangler. Loretta visits him every week, just like her daughter had done before her death. Casting of a woman at the end of the 50s / 60s.
DR. GRAYSON –A Harvard professor of psychiatry and pioneer in criminology, who gives Loretta a profile of the Boston Strangler and reveals the work of a killer impersonator. Cast of a man in his forties / 50s.
HARRISON – A disfigured ex-con who reveals details to Loretta about DeSalvo’s trainer confession. Cast of a man in his forties.
JEAN FOND III – Chosen by the Massachusetts Attorney General to lead the Boston Strangler Task Force, he finds himself caught up in the case and takes DeSalvo’s confession himself, compromising the integrity of the investigation. Cast of a man in his late forties / 50s.
The photo of the Boston Strangler is from writer / director Matt Ruskin (Crown heights). Ridley Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing the feature film under Scott Free. LuckyChap Entertainment’s Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara are also producing. Production begins in Boston later this year.
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