Historical crime sprees have been controversial fodder for many directors looking to push the envelope of American cinema – think Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde and Terrence Malick’s Badlands – and that tradition continues with Alexandre Moors’ debut feature Blue Caprice.
The film approaches the subject of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks from the perpetrators’ point of view, with Tequan Richmond as the young Lee Boyd Malvo and Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington portraying John Allen Muhammad. After bowing at Sundance earlier this year, the indie now has a theatrical release date of September 13 in New York, and will hit other major markets like LA and D.C. one week later.
Taking its name from the vehicle used to carry out the attacks, Blue Caprice looks like a haunting psycho-drama, with Washington playing Muhammad as a sinister father figure. The idea of dramatizing a string of murders from the killer’s perspective is, at best, a touchy subject, so we’re sure to hear more about this film (which also stars Tim Blake Nelson and Joey Lauren Adams) as the release date approaches. In the meantime, check out the poster and teaser below, and let us know what you think in the comments.