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Anna Kendrick will star as a woman who won a date with serial killer Rodney Alcala on ‘The Dating Game’ in the midst of his killing spree.
Kendrick will play contestant Cheryl Bradshaw in “Rodney & Sheryl,” Deadline reports in a Netflix film which will be directed by Chloe Okuno.
In 1978, Alcala appeared on the game show described as a successful photographer who enjoyed skydiving and motorcycles. He had already killed at least five women by the show's taping. Alcala, now known as “The Dating Game Killer” had also kidnapped and raped an eight-year-old a decade before his television appearance, and was convicted of a lesser charge of child molestation in 1972. He spent less than three years behind bars for the incident, prior to becoming “Bachelor Number One.”
On the show, Bradshaw asked Alcala, “I’m serving you for dinner. What are you called and what do you look like?”
Alcala stated, “I’m called the banana and I look good.”
He went on to say, “peel me” to the audience’s delight.
Bradshaw ultimately decided to decline the date because she found Alcala creepy.
“Rodney & Sheryl” will mostly take place around the time the episode of the show was shot.
Alcala was sentenced to death for the murder of one of his victims, 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, in 1980. He has since appealed his conviction twice. By 2010, he was linked to the murders of seven other victims and sentenced to death for the third time. Investigators believe Alcala could have killed more than 130 victims. They found over one hundred photos in Alcala’s storage unit of individuals they believe are possible victims. Twenty-one women were identified from these photographs, CBS News reported in 2016.
Alacala is still alive and behind bars.
Learn more about Alcala on “Mark of a Killer” on Oxygen.