Like Crazy star Felicity Jones has joined James Franco and Jonah Hill in the film True Story. The movie is being directed by Rupert Goold, and it's based on the memoir by Michael Finkel, who's the disgraced New York Times journalist that resurrected some of his career after discovering that an accused murderer had stolen his identity, and that he would only talk to his namesake. This sounds like it will be a really good movie, it's definitely got an interesting story.
According to Deadline, "Hill is playing Finkel and Franco is playing Christian Longo, who was captured in Mexico after rising near the top of the FBI Ten Most Wanted List for allegedly killing his family... Jones will play the journalist’s long suffering girlfriend, who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw ups cost them everything."
Jones was recently cast in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has just started shooting. She most recently starred in the film Breathe In, which premiered at Sundance last month. She’s also set to play the female lead in a new Howard Hughes film being developed by Warren Beatty, who wrote, stars in, and will direct.
Here's the official description of the book:
In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.
The story begins in February of 2002, when a reporter in Oregon contacts New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel with a startling piece of news. A young, highly intelligent man named Christian Longo, on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for killing his entire family, has recently been captured in Mexico, where he'd taken on a new identity—Michael Finkel of the New York Times.
The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, comes another bit of troubling news: a note, written by the paper's editors, explaining that Finkel has falsified parts of an investigative article and has been fired. This unlikely confluence sets the stage for a bizarre and intense relationship. After Longo's arrest, the only journalist the accused murderer will speak with is the real Michael Finkel. And as the months until Longo's trial tick away, the two men talk for dozens of hours on the telephone, meet in the jailhouse visiting room, and exchange nearly a thousand pages of handwritten letters.
With Longo insisting he can prove his innocence, Finkel strives to uncover what really happened to Longo's family, and his quest becomes less a reporting job than a psychological cat-and-mouse game—sometimes redemptively honest, other times slyly manipulative. Finkel's pursuit pays off only at the end, when Longo, after a lifetime of deception, finally says what he wouldn't even admit in court—the whole, true story. Or so it seems.