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Peyton List Will Play Aileen Wuornos In Upcoming Movie

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Peyton List Will Play Aileen Wuornos In Upcoming Movie

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An upcoming movie will tell the story of a young Aileen Wuornos, years before she became one of America’s most infamous serial killers.

“American Boogeywoman” will focus on Wuornos’ early life, from when she was in her early twenties in Daytona Beach married to Lewis Fell, a 69-year-old wealthy yacht club president, Deadline reported in March. That marriage was short-lived. Fell filed a restraining order against Wuornos, claiming she beat him with his cane.” After only nine weeks together, Fell had the marriage annulled.

By the 1980s, Wuornos had became a sex worker and by 1990 she became a serial killer. She later claimed that she only killed in self-defense and that her first victim violently raped her. In all, she has been linked to seven murders between 1989 and 1990 along Florida’s Interstate 75. In 1992, she shouted that she was raped as she was found guilty of first-degree murder. She was sentenced to death the same year and executed by lethal injection in 2002. 

A year after Wuornos’ execution, the movie “Monster” was released written and directed by Patty Jenkins and starred Charlize Theron who won a ‘Best Actress’ at the Academy Awards for her nuanced portrayal of the serial killer. That film explored her case with empathy, but focused on Wuornos at the time she was actively killing men. “American Boogeywoman” promises to be a prequel to those events, that will take a similar multifaceted look at Wournos’ life and will star “Cobra Kai” star Peyton List.

“We know so little of the early years of Aileen, especially given she was living a very different life to the one we see in Monster,” List said of the upcoming film to Deadline. “Embodying such a deeply complex and divisive character is what drew me to the project, and I can’t wait to bring context to America’s most infamous female serial killer.”

The film will be released in tandem on August 16 with “America’s Boogeyman,” a new Ted Bundy movie created by the same production company. “American Boogeyman” has stirred up controversy this week after critics called it yet another Bundy film that romanticizes serial killers.


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