The film will tell the real story of the time that a serial killer competed and won in a dating game show in the late 1970s.
Anna Kendrick is taking on a darker role than usual.
The 35-year-old actress has been cast in the upcoming Netflix film Rodney & Sheryl, based on the true story of a serial killer who competed —and won— on the popular TV game show The Dating Game in 1978.
The upcoming project, directed by Chloe Okuno, will explore how real-life killer Rodney Alcala blatantly appeared in the show while in the middle of a murderous spree. Kendrick is set to play Sheryl Bradshaw, the contestant who won a date with him.
At the time, Alcala had already murdered five women and had been convicted for the attempted murder of a 12-year-old girl. Still, he made it on to the show due to The Dating Game's sloppy and vague background checks.
After winning the game, Bradshaw was supposed to go on a chaperoned date with Alcala but was ultimately put off by his vibe —something that, in retrospective, may have saved her from getting murdered.
In addition to starring on the forthcoming film, Kendrick will also serve as executive producer along with Russ Posternak, Andrew Deane and Stephen Crawford.