Sometimes murder mysteries focus on innocent people who have had their lives ripped away, and sometimes they focus on people who have a lot of skeletons in their closet. This time around, it's the latter, and it's full of corrupt cops, booze, and mysterious death. The Hollywood Reporter has posted that the cast has come into place on an upcoming indie film, helmed by Brian Jun, called The Thacker Case. This is actually based on a true story of the 1983 wrongful death case of a man named Kevin Thacker -- one that was adapted by Robert Dean Klein, from a story by attorney Stuart Pepper. As THR describes it: "The story centers on around [sic] the mysterious death of repeat drunk driving offender Thacker, and the discovery of his body in an alley behind the Mashalltown, Iowa, police department after his latest DUI arrest."

The players will be -- Eliza Dushku (Buffy), Gabriel Mann (The Bourne Supremacy), and John Savage (Carnivale). Mann is playing Pepper, the author of the original piece, who is "a young up-and-coming attorney who launches his career by landing the controversial case, which required him to wade through law enforcement corruption and cover-ups." Dushku is taking her arse-kicking down a touch and will be his loyal assistant, Monica Wright, and Savage will play Thacker's father, "who enlists the help of Pepper to discover the truth behind his son's death."

Production began this week in Los Angeles and Iowa, after a recent casting call. The specs are still online, so dip into the jump for some character particulars for the movie, courtesy of igotmuse. Warning: There are no big spoilers, but if you're touchy about details, refrain from jumping.

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