Lou Diamond Phillips has signed to play notorious Los Angeles serial killer Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker, an indie drama from writer-director Megan Griffiths. Production is slated to begin this summer on the pic, which takes place during Ramirez’s notorious 1984-85 killing spree that earned him the moniker Night Stalker from the LA Times. He eventually was convicted on 13 counts of murder and five attempted murders, among other crimes. He died of lymphoma on Death Row in 2013.
Inspired by true events, the film will follow a lawyer who, in order to save another man from execution, attempts to evoke a confession from the aging Ramirez. The feature incorporates Ramirez’s real history of violence into a fictional account. Alisa Tager and Matthew R. Brady are producing the flick.
Phillips, repped by Global Artists and Thruline Entertainment, stars in the Netflix’s revived series Longmire, slated to return this fall. He will also be seen in Warner Bros’ Chilean mining drama The 33.
Griffiths previously directed Lucky Them starring Toni Collette and Johnny Depp and Eden with Jamie Chung and Beau Bridges. She is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.