Darren Aronofsky’s ripped-from-the-headlines thriller production may acquire some serious acting heft. Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) are in talks to star in The Good Nurse. The film, in development through Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, has been in the works since 2016. The acquisition of these actors would mark the first public move toward making the film since it was first announced.

The news finds Chastain looking to enter into a heavy period of work as an actress. She will also appear in the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Pheonix, and as the grown-up Beverly Marsh in 2019’s It: Chapter Two. The acquisition of Redmayne would also be a major boost to the film’s credibility. Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2014 Academy Awards for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. He is to date the only Millennial male to have won an Academy Award for acting.


The screenplay for The Good Nurse will be written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful). Tobias Lindholm (The Commune) will direct.  Lindholm is a Danish director with a great deal of praise in his home country. His 2015 film A War won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film itself is an adaptation of Charles Graeber’s true-crime book about nurse and full-time serial killer Charles Cullen. As a nurse from 1987 until 2003, Cullen murdered a large number of patients through deliberately administered overdoses. Caught and arrested in 2003, Cullen confessed to 40 murders. However, Graeber cites experts in thinking that he could ultimately be responsible for around 400 deaths. If true, this would make him the most prolific serial killer in history. If acquired, Redmayne will star as Cullen, while Chastain will star as a nurse who develops suspicions of the trail of death that follows Cullen.

Amazon synopsis of The Good Nurse:

When nurse Charlie Cullen was arrested in 2003, journalists were quick to dub him “The Angel of Death.” But Cullen was neither a mercy killer nor a simple monster. He was a son, a husband, a father, a best friend, and a valued caregiver. He was also implicated in the deaths of as many as 400 people, and may be the most prolific serial killer in American history.


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