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Stargirl and Lord of the Rings stars team up for true-crime thriller

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Stargirl and Lord of the Rings stars team up for true-crime thriller

Stargirl actress Brec Bassinger and Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin will be uniting in new true-crime thriller movie The Man in the White Van.

Described as a "suspenseful thriller", the film is based on the true story of real-life serial killer Billy Mansfield and is set in the town of Brooksville, Florida, in 1974.

The film is said to explore "the origins of the nefarious 'white van' trope in popular culture" and will focus on "an ominous white van that begins stalking a young girl prone to exaggeration".

Photo credit: JC Olivera/Getty Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: JC Olivera/Getty Images - Getty Images

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The synopsis continues: "Her parents' disbelief of her fear of being followed leads to a terrifying Halloween nightmare".

Bassinger, who plays the lead role of Courtney Whitmore in DC's Stargirl series, will play the second lead, Margaret, while True Detective star Madison Wolfe is taking on the lead role of Annie, Margaret's sister.

Astin, who is best known for his roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and as Bob Newby in Stranger Things, will play a currently unconfirmed role, while Heroes and The Rookie star Ali Larter has also joined the cast.

Also confirmed to be starring in the thriller are Bunk'd actress Skai Jackson, First Man star Gavin Warren and Ice's Julianne Arrieta.

Photo credit: Garrison Film Productions Inc / Legion M
Photo credit: Garrison Film Productions Inc / Legion M

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Siesta Key producer Warren Skeels will direct, write and produce the movie, while June's Sharon Y Cobb will co-write.

The movie comes from Garrison Film Productions Inc and Legion M, with Legion M CEO and co-founder Paul Scanlan saying of the new project: "As soon as we heard director Warren Skeels' vision for The Man in the White Van and read this suspenseful script, we were hooked.

"Our community has been asking for true crime projects and we are beyond excited to be teaming up with Garrison to produce this chilling true crime thriller with a dream team of actors and creatives."

The Man in the White Van currently has no confirmed release date.

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