Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have joined the ensemble cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the infamous 1971 psychological exercise in which college students exhibited shocking cruel and sadistic behavior when divided into camps of prisoners and prison guards.
elmed by Kyle Alvarez (C.O.G.), the Tim Talbott-scripted film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who would later write the book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, Professor Zimbardo’s wife and fellow academic. She’s currently starring in O.P.C. at the American Repertory Theater with Melissa Leo and next appears onscreen in The Wedding Ringer in January. Ellis, who had a beloved run as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, will play Jesse Fletcher in Stanford. He appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and was seen earlier this year in Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up.
Olivia Thirlby is set to investigate a brutal murder as the star of The White Orchid, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The noir thriller from writer-director Steve Anderson follows Claire Decker (Thirlby), a shy, part-time social services investigator working in Morro Bay, Calif. While she typically spends her working hours tracking down the relatives of elderly people who have died alone at home, her boss (Jennifer Beals) assigns her to help a local sheriff (John Carroll Lynch) solve the brutal murder of a beautiful blonde known only as The White Orchid.