Whilst Keira Knightley has left her Pirates of the Caribbean franchise behind her some years ago her subsequent films have had a strongly feminist slant to them notably with Colette and especially ‘Misbehaviour’ which deserved to do better but was hampered massively by opening the weekend before the first lockdown in 2020 as we reported HERE. Well next up is an announcement about Keira Knightley’s serial killer movie……
Not an obviously feminist movie but she plays Loretta McLaughlin, the first reporter to connect several murders and break the story of the Boston Strangler. She and fellow reporter Jean Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s notorious serial killer and worked to keep women informed. They pursued the story at great personal risk and discovered corruption that cast doubt on the strangler’s identity.
Between June 14, 1962, and January 4, 1964, 13 single women between the ages of 19 and 85 were murdered in the Boston area. Most were sexually assaulted and strangled in their apartments; police believe that one man was the perpetrator. With no sign of forced entry into their homes, the women were assumed to have let their assailant in, either because they knew him or because they believed him to be an apartment maintenance man, delivery man, or other service man. The attacks continued despite extensive media publicity after the first few murders, which presumably should have discouraged women from admitting strangers into their homes.
Keira Knightley’s serial killer movie will be directed by Matt Ruskin-directed drama to be called “Boston Strangler” will begin filming in December in Boston with Ridley Scott producing. The case has been filmed before with Tony Curtis as the Boston Strangler Albert deSilva and co starred Henry Fonda and Murray Hamilton best known as the Mayor of Amity in Jaws.
Expect the film to be released sometime in 2023