The real story of New Jersey nurse and serial killer Charles Cullen is coming to “The Good Nurse.”
Netflix released the trailer for the film starring Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain.
Cullen killed 29 people over a period of 16 years while working at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is suspected of killing many more.
Redmayne plays Cullen in the thriller from Danish director Tobias Lindholm (“A War,” “Another Round”), based on the 2013 book “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder,” by Charles Graeber.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (”1917″) wrote the screenplay for the movie, who co-stars Chastain as Amy Loughren, a Somerset Medical Center nurse who had a friendship with Cullen when he came under suspicion in connection with patient deaths. Loughren wore a wire to collect evidence against Cullen, who killed 13 people at the hospital.
“I don’t want to talk about work,” Cullen tells Loughren in the trailer — she was wearing a wire at the time.
“Is it because what they’re saying is true?” she asks.
Cullen, who grew up in West Orange, was arrested in 2003 and told police he had murdered as many as 40 people. The nurse killed patients with overdoses of digoxin and insulin, injecting the medicine into bags of intravenous fluid.
He started working as a nurse in 1987 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and admitted to killing patients there and at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg and Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington.
Cullen also worked at Morristown Memorial Hospital; Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania; Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown; and St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Cullen, now 62, was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences in prison and is at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. Six more sentences were added for his Pennsylvania murders.
The families of 22 of Cullen’s victims at Warren Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Hunterdon Medical Center, Saint Barnabas and St. Luke’s reached a confidential settlement in 2008 after filing wrongful-death lawsuits.
Redmayne won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2014), and Chastain won an Oscar for playing televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (2021).
Lindholm, the director, wrote and directed the 2015 Danish film “A War,” which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens, Malik Yoba, Alix West Lefler and Noah Emmerich also star in the Netflix film.
“The Good Nurse” will be released in theaters Oct. 19 before coming to Netflix Oct. 26.
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