Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup & More Join 'Stanford Prison Experiment'
Following a pair of breakthrough performances from Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we haven't seen the actor get nearly as much work as we want him to. But now he's lined up what could be a promising indie project with Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Based on the social study of the same name, the film has been in development for over a decade and The Wrap reports it's coming together with C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez at the helm. This certainly seems like timely subject matter considering what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri.
For those who don't know the Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted at the university back in 1971 where randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either prison guards or prisoners and left conduct themselves as they would in a jail. The experiment was meant to last two weeks, but was cut short when those students who were given authority over the prisoners began cruelly and sadistically abusing their power and treating the "inmates" maliciously, simply because they could.
A film about this infamous experiment has been tossed around Hollywood since the 70s when the story made headlines following the experiment creator's testimony in front of Congress, and countless versions have been attempted but to no avail. Now Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features think they have a winner with a script from Tim Talbott that has been worked on through the 2007 writers' strike, which prevented the film from going into production at the time. This will be a tough nut to crack without being melodramatic or preachy, but this cast certainly holds promise. Fun fact: Michael Angarano and Billy Crudup both appear in Almost Famous, but never shared the screen together.