Wuornos film shooting set to begin next week

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 12:21 a.m.
ORLANDO - Shooting for an independent movie based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, the hijacking prostitute who killed six men along Florida highways, will begin next week, an Orlando economic development official said Thursday.
The movie, "Monster," stars Charlize Theron as Wuornos and Christina Ricci as her girlfriend, Tyria Moore.
Theron has starred in the movies "Bagger Vance," "That Thing You Do" and "Reindeer Games" and is also one of the producers for "Monster."
Ricci is best known for playing Tuesday in the Addams Family movies.
Theron, 27, is a glamorous former model who looks little like Wuornos, who had stringy, unkempt hair.
Monster will be shot in several locations in central Florida, said Maureen Brockman, a spokeswoman for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
The 46-year-old Wuornos, considered one of the nation's first female serial killers, was executed at the Florida State Prison in October. Her life already has been the subject of several books, two documentaries, a television movie and an opera.
Wuornos initially said the killings were in self-defense after she was assaulted by customers who picked her up. But she later said the self-defense claim was a lie and she had intended to rob and kill the men.
At the time of the her arrest in 1991, she was living in a $200-a-month apartment with Moore, who testified against her at her murder trial. Some of their income came from pawning goods stolen from the murdered men.
Her attorneys had argued that Wuornos suffered from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child.
Craig Richards, a line producer for Monster, didn't return a phone call Thursday seeking comment.

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