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Cage to star in Alaska killer film

2011-07-28 21:11
Anchorage - The hunt for Alaska's most infamous serial murderer is about to get the Hollywood treatment.

Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage will star in Frozen Ground, a movie detailing the police investigation of serial killer Robert Hansen, Variety reported on Wednesday. He will play an Alaska State Trooper who investigated the murders.

Filming is scheduled to start in Anchorage in October, a second major production filmed in Alaska in the last year. Filming wrapped up last autumn on Drew Barrymore's Everybody Loves Whales.

Emmett Furla Films is financing the $27m Cage project and producing with Amber Entertainment, Variety reported. Messages left for both by The Associated Press weren't immediately returned on Wednesday.

Hansen, who got the nickname "the Butcher Baker," was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women and raping another 30 in a 12-year span.

He received a 461-year sentence and is incarcerated at a state prison in Seward.

Horrible crimes

Glenn Flothe was the trooper who put Hansen behind bars. Now retired, he didn't immediately return a message to the AP on Wednesday.

But he told the Anchorage Daily News in 2008 that Hansen's victims initially included any woman who caught his eye but that Hansen quickly learned that prostitutes and strippers were harder to track and less likely to be missed.

Hansen would abduct the women and take them to isolated places outside Anchorage. Sometimes he would drive; other times the licensed pilot would fly.

Investigators said in some instances, he would rape the women but return them to Anchorage, warning them not to contact police. Other times, authorities said he would let the women go free in the wilderness and then hunt them with his rifle.

Officials only found 12 bodies of the 17 women he confessed to killing. The others have never been located.

It wasn't immediately clear if Cage would play Flothe in the movie since so many troopers were part of the investigation.

Dave Worrell, manager of the Alaska Film Office, said the production is close to receiving pre-approval for state tax credits, meaning they would be eligible to regain 30 percent of what they spend in Alaska on the production.

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