“She had the most infectious personality…”
Four years after her death, Brittany Murphy’s last film will be released.
The indie film, Something Wicked, will hit theaters on April 4 at the Regal Valley River Center 15 in Eugene, Oregon, the area where it was filmed back in 2009, and will expand from there.
The story focuses around two high school graduates: Christine, played by Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), and her boyfriend who realize that she is being stalked by a psychologically tormented young man.
Murphy, 32 years old at the time, died in December 2009 in her Hollywood Hills home after collapsing on her bathroom floor. She was pronounced dead on arrival to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest. Two months later the L.A. County coroner said that the cause of her death was pneumonia, made worse by anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
Her husband, Simon Monjack, died five months later, also of pneumonia and anemia.
VanSanten, who stars in Something Wicked with Murphy told USA Today, “She had the most infectious personality and it was really great to work with her. I was completely shocked when I found out that she passed away.”
Producer and screenwriter Joe Colleran said, “Brittany pulled off one of the spookiest scenes in the movie. There’s an important scene where her character is unraveling and she spent a long time getting ready and focused and went for it. Personally, I think it’s one of the best scenes of her career.”
Last December, speculation about her death resurfaced when her biological father, Angelo Joseph Bertolotti, commissioned a lab report that indicated that she had rat poison in her hair at the time of her death. Bertolotti had been estranged from the family and was not even listed on her death certificate. The L.A. County Coroner dismissed the claim.
Murphy’s fame began to rise when she appeared in films such as Clueless, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Girl Interrupted, 8 Mile, and Sin City.
Producers of Something Wicked hope to spread the word about the psychological thriller. They are using Facebook as part of their promotion.
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