Netflix revealed the lineup that will be part of Netflix and Chills for this Halloween season, and among the announced projects is the chilling drama The Good Nursea biopic based on real events and on the book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder de Charles Graeber, whose plot explores the silent rampage of Charles Cullen, a nurse who confessed to killing at least 40 hospital patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey between 1988 and 2003.
Cullen secretly administered lethal cocktails of unassuming drugs to his patients, sneakily escaping detection as hospitals and investigators failed to fully examine the pattern of deaths.
The Good Nurse, titled The angel of Deathin our market, has in leading roles Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl, Fantastic Beasts) like Cullen, yeah Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Zero Dark Thirty) as Amy Loughren, a nurse who worked with Cullen at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey, and became a confidential informant for the police. Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomughawho left football in 2013 to become an actor, will play the role of homicide detective Danny Baldwin.
Tobias Lindholm (Mindhunter) directs the feature film with a script by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Last Night in Soho, 1917), who adapted the book by Charles Graeber.
Suspecting her colleague is responsible for a series of mysterious patient deaths, a nurse risks her own life to uncover the truth in this gripping thriller based on true events.
“Amy, a compassionate nurse and single mother battling a life-threatening heart condition, is pushed to her physical and emotional limits by the harsh and demanding night shifts in the ICU. But her help comes when Charlie, a thoughtful and empathic fellow nurse, starts working on her unit. While sharing long nights in the hospital, the two develop a strong and devoted friendship, and for the first time in years, Amy truly has faith in her and her daughters’ futures. But after a series of mysterious patient deaths sparks an investigation that points to Charlie as the prime suspect, Amy is forced to risk her life and the safety of her children to uncover the truth.
The first images of the film, as well as its first official trailer, can be found at the end of the note (via Bloody Disgusting, official Netflix site).
ABOUT THE CASE
Loughren’s role in bringing Cullen to justice came years after he began killing hospital patients, often using the heart drug digoxin, insulin and epinephrine at lethal levels.
Cullen had a long history of mental illness dating back to his childhood in West Orange, New Jersey, where he was often bullied and attempted suicide at a young age. He dropped out of high school after his mother was killed in a car accident and entered the US Navy in the late 1970s, rising to the rank of petty officer. He remained an outcast, often ridiculed by his peers, until he was reassigned and medically discharged in 1984.
The producers of the film are Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, and Michael A. Jackman. Executive producers include Ari Handerl, Glen Basner, Jonathan Filley and Josh Stern.
The Good Nurse will have a limited release in theaters on October 19, while on October 26 it will premiere on Netflix.