James Keene (Taron Egerton), who’s serving ten years in prison, agrees to a deal with the FBI where he will try to get close to an incarcerated suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser) and make him reveal where he’s hidden his victims. It may sound like a perfect elevator pitch for an enjoyably unbelievable movie, but this was based on a true story. Dennis Lehane and his writers depict a killer full of lies and personal demons, and a womanizing drug dealer who doesn’t realize that his new ”friendship” will educate him in horrifying ways. Compellingly dark at times. Superior performances by the two leads; Ray Liotta is also moving in one of his last roles.
2022-U.S. 353 min. Color. Developed by Dennis Lehane. Book: James Keene, Hillel Levin (”In With the Devil”). Cast: Taron Egerton (James Keene), Paul Walter Hauser (Larry Hall), Sepideh Moafi (Lauren McCauley), Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta, Robyn Malcolm.
Trivia: Originally shown in six episodes. Co-executive produced by Lehane and Keene.
Last word: “Taron and I and the other producers all had a conversation about Paul. Paul came up early. We’d all seen Richard Jewell; we’d all seen I, Tonya. Then I said, ‘I’ve got to ask this guy to read for me.’ I had Paul come in, which is a big thing to ask of somebody who’s started a movie. But I just said, ‘I need to know that he’s got this.’ I had him read three of the most difficult Larry scenes, and he just chilled me to the bone. I was like, ‘The job is yours.'” (Lehane, Screen Rant)