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Michael Sheen To Direct First Film with ‘Green River Killer’

Michael Sheen is taking a step many actors seem to be leaning toward nowadays, jumping from in front of the camera to behind it.

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Michael Sheen is set to both star in and make his directorial debut with “Green River Killer.” The film will follow Tom Jensen, a detective who dedicated 20 years of his life searching for and eventually catching the Green River Killer — a serial killer who took 49 lives in Seattle during the ’80s and ’90s.

Sheen will play the killer, Gary Ridgway. He also wrote the script for the film, which was adapted from the Dark Horse Entertainment graphic novel by Tom Jensen’s son “Green River Killer: A True Detective Story” and had placed amongst the best on the Black List in 2015.

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The film will be produced and financed by QC Entertainment. Producers Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield said, “Michael has written an elegant script which brings his sophisticated vision to subverting the typical serial killer movie. Jensen and Ridgway are terrific roles for both an actor of Michael’s caliber and the actor cast opposite him. As producers who have long championed actors making the move to directing, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

Sheen himself went on to say, “This is a dark story but one that ultimately finds hope and meaning in that darkness. The story of Tom and Gary, and how they are bound together in time, pulled me in from the beginning and wouldn’t let go. I hope that by now bringing it to life on screen it can make audiences feel the same way.”

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