Nelsan Ellis Joins the cast of ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’
October 19, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
The Stanford Prison Experiment is Based on an Horrific True Experiment:
True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis (who played flamboyant Lafayette in the HBO vampire series) will join the cast of The Standford Prison Experiment alongside actress Olivia Thirlby.
Set in 1971, this true story is based on a psychological experiment conducted in which college students were sorted into ‘prisoners’ and ‘prison guards’. The results recorded shocking and sadistic behavior from these students.
IMDb lists the full movie synopsis as:
The Stanford prison experiment was ostensibly a psychological study of human responses to captivity and its behavioral effects on both authorities and inmates in prison. It was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University. Undergraduate volunteers played the roles of both guards and prisoners living in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. Within one day things got out of hand, and the “guards” used unmonitored brute force on many of the inmates. The experiment was cancelled after 6 days instead of the planned 14.
Nelsan Ellis will play a character called Jesse Fletcher, but little else is known yet about what role his character will play in this movie. Olivia Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, the wife of Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by actor Billy Crudup), the man behind the experiment who would later go on to write a book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Also starring are Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, James Frecheville, Johnny Simmons and Ki Hong Lee.
Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features will finance The Stanford Prison Experiment with Tim Talbott and P.W. Hopsidor having written the script. Brent Emery will produce along with Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, Brian Geraghty and Lauren Bratman. Kyle Patrick Alvarez will direct.
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Source: Deadline – ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Adds Olivia Thirlby, ‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis, More
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