Growing up in Boston, MA, or anywhere in the Northeast in the 1960s and 70s, you’re bound to be familiar with the Boston Strangler case. Boston native Writer-Director Matt Ruskin was no stranger to the Boston Strangler case before choosing to choose the topic as his latest cinematic venture.
Interview with Matt Ruskin on Why He Wrote The BOSTON STRANGLER Movie
In the recent press junket for the upcoming BOSTON STRANGLER film, Writer-Director Matt Ruskin shared why he was interested in making the film.
“I had always heard about the Boston Strangler, but I really didn’t know anything about the case. And then several years ago, I started reading all that I could and discovered this incredibly layered murder mystery that was full of twists and turns, and in many ways, was as much a story about the city at the time,” Ruskin explained.
“And so I was just completely gripped by the case. And when I discovered these reporters—Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole—I found out that they were one of the first reporters to connect the murders, and they actually gave the Boston Strangler his name during the course of their reporting. I felt like that was a really compelling way to revisit this case.”
Genre: Historical Crime Thriller
Written and directed by: Matt Ruskin
Produced by: Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Michael Pruss, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley
Executive Producers: Michael Fottrell, Sam Roston
Cast: Keira Knightley, Carrie Coon, Alessandro Nivola, David Dastmalchian, Morgan Spector, Bill Camp, and Chris Cooper
About BOSTON STRANGLER
From 20th Century Studios and award-winning writer-director Matt Ruskin (CROWN HEIGHTS) comes BOSTON STRANGLER, a true-crime thriller about the trailblazing reporters who broke the story of the notorious Boston Strangler murders of the 1960s. BOSTON STRANGLER will premiere March 17, 2023, exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories. The film follows Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley), a reporter for the Record-American newspaper, who becomes the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders. As the mysterious killer claims more and more victims, Loretta attempts to continue her investigation alongside colleague and confidante Jean Cole (Carrie Coon), yet the duo finds themselves stymied by the rampant sexism of the era. Nevertheless, McLaughlin and Cole bravely pursue the story at great personal risk, putting their own lives on the line in their quest to uncover the truth.
BOSTON STRANGLER stars two-time Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley (THE IMITATION GAME, PRIDE & PREJUDICE), Emmy nominee Carrie Coon (FARGO, THE GILDED AGE), Alessandro Nivola (AMSTERDAM), David Dastmalchian (DUNE), Morgan Spector (“Homeland”), Bill Camp (JOKER) and Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper (ADAPTATION). Written and directed by Matt Ruskin, the film is produced by Ridley Scott (THE MARTIAN), Kevin J. Walsh (HOUSE OF GUCCI), Michael Pruss (AMERICAN WOMAN), Josey McNamara (PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN), and Tom Ackerley (I, TONYA), with Michael Fottrell (THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS) and Sam Roston serving as executive producers.
BOSTON STRANGLER will premiere March 17, 2023, exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.
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