Charlize Theron will play real-life serial killer. She'll star in ''Monster'' as Aileen Wuornos, whom the state of Florida executed on Wednesday

Convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos was executed on Wednesday in Florida, but she’ll live on in the movies. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Charlize Theron will play Wuornos in ”Monster,” a film to be written and directed by rookie Patty Jenkins.

Wuornos, who’s been called America’s first female serial killer, was a prostitute who killed seven men in nine months, starting in 1989. She claimed she had turned to prostitution after a childhood marred by drugs and sexual abuse, and that she had killed each of the victims in self-defense.

Jenkins told the Reporter that ”Monster” will actually be a love story of sorts, about a lesbian who fell in love with Wuornos who, while not gay herself, responded sympathetically. It was while she was turning tricks to support the couple that Wuornos committed the murders. ”It’s a character film centered around the relationship between the two women and is very much in the genre of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ and ‘Badlands,”’ Jenkins said. ”It’s a great American tragedy, and the fact that this story is real is both interesting and devastating.”

Wuornos’ story has been told in movies before in two 1992 movies, the documentary ”Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer” by Nick Broomfield (”Biggie and Tupac”) and the TV movie ”Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story,” starring Jean Smart (TV’s ”In-Laws” and ”Designing Women”).

The film is scheduled to shoot in January on location in Florida. Meanwhile, Theron is busy shooting ”The Italian Job” with Mark Wahlberg. Currently on screen in ”Trapped,” she’ll next be seen opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the long-shelved ”Waking Up in Reno,” due Oct. 25.

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