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'Justified' actor Nick Searcy will direct 'Gosnell,' film about abortion doctor

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With Justified ending its six-year run next month, Nick Searcy has a new gig lined up. The actor has been hired to direct Gosnell, a crowdfunded film about former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell after the project raised nearly $2.3 million on Indiegogo.

Producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segieda launched the project in March 2014, calling their fundraising effort “a historic crowdfunding campaign for a movie about America’s biggest serial killer Kermit Gosnell.” The crime drama is slated for a theatrical release, according to The Hollywood Reporter,  which first reported the news.


Searcy, known for playing Art Mullen on the FX drama, has only one directorial credit to date, the 1997 film Paradise Falls.

“I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to have a part in bringing this important American story to the screen,” Searcy said of the film. “It is a story that many in Hollywood were unwilling to tell, and I am grateful to Ann, Phelim, and Magdalena for having the courage to tell it.”

Gosnell, 74, was convicted in May 2013 for three counts of first-degree murder and is currently serving out a life sentence.