5:49 pm - 08/19/2014

Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano to Star in ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’


Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”) will direct the movie for financiers Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features

After more than a decade in development, a movie about the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” is finally moving forward with Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano set to star and “C.O.G.” filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”) directing, TheWrap has learned.

Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features are financing the indie project, which Brent Emery and Lizzie Friedman are producing with Greg Little, Lauren Bratman and “The Hurt Locker” star Brian Geraghty.

The film is based on the landmark experiment conducted at Stanford University in the summer of 1971, in which randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either prison guards or prisoners. The experiment was meant to last two weeks, but it was cut short due to the level of cruelty and sadism that erupted among the participants.

The story is particularly topical, as many Twitter users have drawn parallels between the Stanford Prison Experiment and what's currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri, where police have been accused of abusing their power.

Hollywood has been trying to tell the Stanford Prison Experiment story since the 1970s, when its creator, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, began hearing pitches from movie producers soon after he testified in front of Congress about his findings.

Many different variations have been developed since, but none ever made it before cameras until now. Production finally starts Tuesday with Crudup playing Zimbardo, who's still called to testify about incidents that involve alleged abuses of power, such as Abu Ghraib.

The current version of the project has been in the works since 2002, when Emery first hired Tim Talbott to write the script. Since then, Emery has shepherded “Stanford Prison Experiment” through many obstacles, including the 2007 Writer's Strike, which prevented the film from heading into production at the time.

Emery finally found his way to Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features via UTA, which packaged the project and will represent its North American rights.

Angela Demo and Barbara McCarthy handled the casting of the movie, and additional actors will be announced shortly. Ramo Law is handling legal work for the production.

Crudup is coming off starring roles in Guillaume Canet's crime drama “Blood Ties” and William H. Macy's music-driven indie “Rudderless.” He's best known for playing Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder's “Watchmen,” J. Edgar Hoover in Michael Mann‘s “Public Enemies” and guitarist Russell Hammond in Cameron Crowe's “Almost Famous.”

Represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Crudup will soon be seen alongside Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde in the indie movie “The Longest Week.”

Miller starred in the acclaimed indie films “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” He recently wrapped Judd Apatow‘s “Trainwreck” and will soon be seen opposite Mia Wasikowska in “Madame Bovary.” He's repped by Paradigm and attorney Jodi Peikoff.

Angarano currently stars as ‘Bertie’ on Steven Soderbergh‘s acclaimed Cinemax series “The Knick” after working with the director on “Haywire.” He got his break with early roles in “Almost Famous,” Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit” and David Gordon Green's “Snow Angels.” Angarano will soon be seen in the Jason Statham movie “Wild Card.” He's repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.

Alvarez's “C.O.G.” premiered in competition at Sundance and was adapted from David Sedaris’ short story. He's represented by UTA and Media Talent Group.

Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features most recently completed production on Helen Hunt's film “Ride,” which co-stars Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson.

source: thewrap
haven't heard anything about ezra miller in a long time
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ke77we 20th-Aug-2014 12:56 am (UTC)
I miss Ezra. I remember seeing footage of the Sanford experiment for some class and being disturbed by it. wonder who is going to play that main tall guy who got really out of hand.
xtinkerbellax 20th-Aug-2014 12:57 am (UTC)
I feel like I've been hearing about this movie for so long now, I thought there was already one made that was straight to dvd or something.

And yea I feel like Ezra disappeared for a little while there lol.

Edited at 2014-08-20 12:58 am (UTC)
kairoso 20th-Aug-2014 01:02 am (UTC)
yeah the movie has been in development since 2002 lol
xtinkerbellax 20th-Aug-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
I remember it being listed on imdb way back when.
preflyer 20th-Aug-2014 01:09 am (UTC)
i saw him last summer up in the Berkshires: he was barefoot, wearing hospital scrubs, with his (i assume) gf (also barefoot) in an grocery co-op. none of this was really surprising
ponpiri 20th-Aug-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
He's so lowkey it's almost painful.
infidelkast 20th-Aug-2014 03:06 am (UTC)
they sort of made one that Adrien Brody was in, it's called The Experiment and it was terrible
avantgaurdian1 20th-Aug-2014 12:57 am (UTC)
that honestly sounds interesting. the stanford prison experiment was so scary but so worth reading about
hrdtxpln 20th-Aug-2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Didn't they have a hard time replicating it recently tho?
prettyfoot 20th-Aug-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I think they aren't allowed to replicate it? Like, the point was that the experiment set up was too real, and all the participants ended up in life-time therapy because of the stress and abuse that happened.
emerald_soul 20th-Aug-2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Yeeeees. I studied this shit like crazy. And it's the right time for this to be made.

And yay Michael Angarano!
kiwibutter 20th-Aug-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
omg this movie would be so scary. lord of the flies realness
brosling 20th-Aug-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
aren't there at least like 2 movies like this
brosling 20th-Aug-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
ya "das experiment" and its remake "the experiment"
locadepatioo 20th-Aug-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
popartpistol 20th-Aug-2014 06:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, and Forest Whittaker and his crazy eye are the warden that gets out of control. It's a terrible movie.
untiitled 20th-Aug-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
id be interested to watch this
rubie_dubidoux 20th-Aug-2014 01:01 am (UTC)
that experiment was so fucked up and scares me when I think about it

but at the same time I completely can see it happening. I mean, the Nazis got enough concentration camp guards that they couldn't all have been already murderous psychopaths
rubie_dubidoux 20th-Aug-2014 01:04 am (UTC)
also, fraternities
kindalingers 20th-Aug-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
frankenshane 20th-Aug-2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Lmao omg. You didn't lie tho.
hjalmartazar 20th-Aug-2014 01:02 am (UTC)
I'd definitely watch this.

I love Ezra. He's such a good actor.
tankmachine 20th-Aug-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
just recut that one Veronica Mars episode with Ryder Strong and call it a day
lumosofmylife 20th-Aug-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
violue 20th-Aug-2014 02:26 am (UTC)
trumpydoesmagic 20th-Aug-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
LOL I just had my bf watch that episode last night.
whiskybars 20th-Aug-2014 01:03 am (UTC)
yes to ezra <3 i miss him
holyfrijoles_2 20th-Aug-2014 01:05 am (UTC)
Yay at Ezra's return! I totally think he's one of the more talented of his group of actors. Hopefully he'll clean up a bit this time around though...
kairoso 20th-Aug-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
yess he's coming for that oscar
ponpiri 20th-Aug-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
He's been filming for Madame Bovary for a minute
ke77we 20th-Aug-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Where is that trailer, tbh? giveittomenow.gif
lumosofmylife 20th-Aug-2014 01:05 am (UTC)
I've missed Ezra.
kashyyyk 20th-Aug-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
is ezra cute again?
matanteiloki 20th-Aug-2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Nah, he still looks like he needs a good week of bathing
hrdtxpln 20th-Aug-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Lol shit
rarkon 20th-Aug-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
was he ever?
tell_it_sister 20th-Aug-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
this sounds really interesting. rip michael angarano's cute-ness
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