Tuesday, April 16, 2024

“Law & Order SVU” Casting for Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Story


Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive for ten years in his Cleveland house– and fathered a child with one of them– is getting TV treatment. “Law & Order SVU” starring Mariska Hargitay is casting for an episode called “Imprisoned Lives.” The show shoots New York between August 5th and 14th.

Castro was sentenced today to life in prison plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and torturing three women for a decade. He pleaded guilty rather than stand trial.

For the TV show, the casting sheet is looking for a few additional characters besides Castro and the women. One character, called George Brown, is clearly fashioned on Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who shot to fame when he inadvertently rescued the women. He’s described as “Male; African American; Early 30s- Late 40s; Right out of the Blacksploitation” genre;
loquacious; blue collar when he discovers the horrors taking place in his neighbors house he fancies himself a hero
and has no problem telling the world how so on national tv.”

“Law & Order SVU” is still exec produced by Dick Wolf. Warren Leight is the actual producer and headwriter, however. The show has improved tremendously under his watchful eye. It’s now in its 78th season on NBC.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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