Kate Beckinsale will portray an American journalist in a film loosely based on the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British student studying abroad in Italy. Kercher was discovered murdered in 2007 in the home she shared with other female students studying in Perugia, Italy. Kercher's American roommate Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were accused and arrested of the Kercher murder. The pair were convicted and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. An Italian appeals court overturned the verdicts due to a lack of evidence.
Knox returned to the United States and Sollecito went on with his life in Italy. The pair are currently being retried for Kercher's murder but Knox has not returned to Italy. Kate Beckinsale is starring in "The Face of an Angel" the loosely based film adaptation of a book by Barbie Latza Nadeau titled "Angel Face." Nadeau covered the Amanda Knox trial for Newsweek, CNN and the Daily Beast. "The Face of an Angel" began filming in Rome over the weekend.
"The script was not what I was expecting," Beckinsale told The Telegraph. "Playing a bright woman is always a relief. I try to change tack often between big splashy action movies and smaller independent films. You won't see characters called Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher. It's certainly not a judgment of innocence or guilt - it's more about the people who created the media circus surrounding the case."
Beckinsale will team up with actors Daniel Bruhl and Cara Delevinge for the BBC independent movie directed by Michael Winterbottam. The script was put together by writer Paul Viragh and Delevinge will portray a character based on Amanda Knox. Bruhl will play a documentary film maker who meets up with Beckinsale's character in order to figure out the truth behind the controversial murder. Amanda Knox has been portrayed by the Italian media as a sex-crazed murderer, while some of the U.S. media called her a victim of a damaged justice system.
Barbie Latza Nadeau's book agrees with the Italian portrayal and the author believes the American student is guilty of the murder. FBI Agent Steve Moore voiced his own opinion about the Knox case in a blog suggesting that there was not enough evidence to convict Knox and Sollecito of the murder. The theory of Kercher's murder goes, that three people forced the British student to engage in an orgy then killed her in a cult-like fashion. Moore says that the crime scene did not reflect any evidence of three people having been in the room when Kercher was killed.
According to Moore, the blood transfer at the crime scene does not support the prosecution's theory as to how Kercher was killed. "In the world of homicide (and other) investigations, law enforcement officials and prosecutors use the word "transfer". Transfer is what it sounds like; the transfer of physical evidence from one person to another. Transfer is especially prevalent in murders (especially by stabbing) and rape. The nature of this case indicates that it would have the MOST transfer of any type of case. 2/3 of the required evidence missing, means 2/3 of the people were not there. If the prosecution's story is true, we are missing all credible evidence of the participation of, or even presence of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the cottage at the time of the murder."
Rudy Guede is currently serving 16 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Moore says there is only evidence of Rudy Guede in Kercher's bedroom from bloody hand prints, to finger prints to fecal matter. "The sheer volume of forensic evidence of Guede's presence is overwhelming. Evidence of any other person's presence or involvement could not be erased without wiping out that of Guede's. Therefore, the room could not have been cleaned, and was not cleaned. This means that the missing evidence was not removed-it was never there," Moore writes.
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