“Boston Strangler” Trailer Finds Keira Knightley’s Determined Reporter Tracking a Serial Killer

An all-star cast has gathered to tell the tale of the one of the most notorious serial killers in American history and the two women who risked it all to try and unmask the murderer and reveal the truth. Now, the first trailer for writer/director Matt Ruskin’s Boston Strangler gives us our first look at the film, which was inspired by a true story that has yet to be told on the screen.

Keira Knightley stars as Loretta McLaughlin, a indefatigable reporter for the Record-American newspaper who makes a shocking a discovery. When McLaughlin first begins to suspect that three women who were strangled over the last three weeks in Boston might be connected, her boss, Jack (Chris Cooper) makes a blunt assessment about her reporting bonfaides; “You’re on the lifestyle desk, you’re not covering a homicide.” Yet McLaughlin isn’t so easily disuaded, however, and her belief that the murders are connected leads her and her colleague Jean Cole (Carrie Coon) to pursue the story no matter the risks involved. Once a fourth woman is strangled, McLaughlin and Cole are determined to get to the bottom of the killings, despite the fact that the forces arrayed against them are monolithic.

Those forces include a defiant Boston Police Department, the rampant sexism of the era, and the case’s peculiar twists and turns. What McLaughlin and Cole put at risk is far greater than merely their reputations and careers. With two potent forces leading the investigation in Knightley and Coon, Boston Strangler looks like a potential early year sleeper hit for Hulu.

Boston Strangler boasts none other than Ridley Scott as a producer and a terrific supporting cast. Joining Knightley, Coon, and Cooper are Alessandro Nivola, David Dastmalchian, Morgan Spector, and Bill Camp.

Check out the trailer below. Boston Stranger arrives on Hulu on March 17.

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Featured image: Keira Knightley is Loretta McLaughlin in “Boston Strangler.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios/Hulu


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