The historical crime drama production ‘Boston Strangler’ is set to begin streaming Friday, March 17, 2023 on the platform. The movie, based on a true story, is centered around two reporters for the Record American newspaper, Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole. Loretta is the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders, per the synopsis.
As death continues and the killer is still free, she enlists the help of her “colleague and confidante.” In a time where the two are overlooked due to being women, the investigative duo doesn’t give up and continues to try to uncover the truth. And this is one story that could be putting their own lives at risk. So who stars as the two brave women in the film? Who else can you expect to see? We’ve got the answer for you below!
#1. What is Boston Strangler movie about?
Source: TV Insider
Written and directed by Matt Ruskin (Crown Heights), Boston Strangler tells the story of 13 women who were murdered in and around Boston in the early 1960s, sometimes referred to as the “Silk Stocking Murders,” from the perspective of the two journalists who broke the story on the connected killings, Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley) and Jean Cole (Carrie Coon).
As investigative reporters for the Record American (a predecessor of the Boston Herald), McLaughlin and Cole faced gender and pressure to drop the story both from within their own newsroom and from a skeptical and uncooperative police force as they sought to expose the truth and bring justice to the women who were killed—similar to in the movie.
In Hulu's new thriller, "Boston Strangler," Keira Knightley stars as Loretta McLaughlin, a journalist from the Record American who attempts to solve one of the 20th century's most fascinating unsolved mysteries. Despite her gender, Loretta is determined to uncover the truth behind the series of murders in the 1960s, but she is met with opposition from a society that doesn't think women are capable of such a job and from the police who fear she will take their jobs. Fortunately, she is aided by Jena Cole (Carrie Coon) and Jack MacLaine (Chris Cooper), who have experienced crime reporters and her editor, respectively. They try to shield her from the potential political repercussions of her work.
Given the movie's delicate subject matter, its ambitious interpretation of the events benefits greatly from the nuanced performances of award-winning actors such as Knightley, Coon, and Cooper, but they're not alone. The cast includes several skilled character actors with experience in playing struggling parents, clever detectives, and eerie criminals across TV and film, as well as emerging talent known for ambitious streaming productions or playing secondary characters in extremely popular projects. And while viewers might not immediately recognize all of these actors, they will when they learn about their more prominent appearances. Here's where you've seen the cast of "Boston Strangler" before.
While there’s many documentaries about real-life crime stories, many times those stories get adapted into a film or show. One new one coming to the small screens soon is Boston Strangler on Hulu.
#2. Boston Strangler cast: Who’s in the new Hulu movie?
Two-time Academy Award nominee and English actress Keira Knightley takes on the role of Loretta, with actress Carrie Coon playing Jean. Knightley is known for multiple projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice. Coon is known for her role as Bertha Russell in The Gilded Age on HBO, as well as Callie Spengler in the 2021 movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Check out the full cast list below:
- Keira Knightley as Loretta McLaughlin
- Carrie Coon as Jean Cole
- David Dastmalchian as Albert DeSalvo, aka the Boston Strangler
- Chris Cooper as Jack MacLaine, editor at Record American
- Luke Kirby as F. Lee Bailey, DeSalvo’s attorney
- Alessandro Nivola as Detective Conley
- Bill Camp as Commissioner McNamara
- Morgan Spector as James McLaughlin, Loretta’s husband
- The 20th Century production is written and directed by Matt Ruskin. Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Walsh, Michael Pruss, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley serve as producers. Executive producers on the project are Michael Fottrell, Sam Roston.
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