Jonah Hill, James Franco Star in Crime Drama 'True Story'

'True Story, starring Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, will premiere at the Sundance Festival.

The big screen drama True Story, starring Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, has been added to the lineup of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The movie follows the cat-and-mouse relationship between Finkel and FBI Most Wanted List murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who stole Finkel's identity and used his name while living outside the U.S. for a number of years.

Also starring: Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street), Robert John Burke (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black).

Directing the movie is British filmmaker Rupert Goold, who is known for directing Shakespearian projects like Richard II for the miniseries The Hollow Crown and Macbeth for the program Great Performances.

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The big screen drama True Story, starring Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, has been added to the lineup of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The movie follows the cat-and-mouse relationship between Finkel and FBI Most Wanted List murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who stole Finkel's identity and used his name while living outside the U.S. for a number of years.

Also starring: Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street), Robert John Burke (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black).

Directing the movie is British filmmaker Rupert Goold, who is known for directing Shakespearian projects like Richard II for the miniseries The Hollow Crown and Macbeth for the program Great Performances.

Based on Michael Finkel's memoir, the screenplay was written by David Kajganich, best known for writing the 2009 horror thriller Blood Creek.

The film focuses on the exploitive relationship between Finkel, dismissed from The Times for faking parts of a magazine cover story, and Longo, who had recently killed his wife and three children.

Kajganich made it clear this is not a horror pic about the Longo family murders. He told The New York Times, "Writing this story in any way that would intentionally minimize or sensationalize their deaths is not something I could have agreed to, and avoiding those two scenarios was a factor in every narrative choice I made."

True Story will premiere at Sundance this month.


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