According to a report by Deadline, Frozen Ground tells the true story of Alaska’s most infamous serial killer, Robert Hansen, played by John Cusack. Hudgens will play the role of a victim who manages to escape, after which Cage’s character, a State Trooper who is investigating the case, finds her.
The real-life Hansen was sentenced in 1984 to 461 years in prison for the murder of 17 women, most of which were prostitutes and strippers. During his trial, he also admitted to raping up to 30 women over the course of 10 years.
Hansen was at one point regarded by the community as a respectable family man. He owned a bakery, hence his nickname, “The Butcher Baker”, and had a wife and two children, all unaware of Hansen’s dark side.
Hudgens, 22, recently wrapped up filming on Gimme Shelter, due out in 2012, in which she takes on the role of a troubled teenager whose father abandons her after her decision to keep her unborn baby. Hudgens is also starring in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson. Journey 2 is due out this year.
There isn’t yet a release date for Frozen Ground, but it’s reported to begin filming on October 17 in Anchorage, Alaska. Scott Walker will be making his directorial debut with the film.