Creating a strange nesting doll of bizarre acting, ancient Greek wardrobe, and social psychology, Legend of Hercules star Kellan Lutz has been selected to play William Shatner playing a professor based on Stanley Milgram in The Experimenter.
The film focuses on Milgram and his famous, eponymous human obedience experiment, during which he used electric shocks to learn how subjects would go against their conscience when given orders by someone in authority. Remember? You learned about it in class. Not the Stanford prison experiment. The other one.
Peter Sarsgaard is playing Milgram, with Winona Ryder co-starring as wife Sasha. And according to THR, now Lutz, Anton Yelchin, Orange Is the New Black's Taryn Manning, and Anthony Edwards are also signing on. Most of their roles aren't specified, but it stated that Lutz will play William Shatner.
Why is William Shatner in this? Good question! Well, as it turns out, Shatner starred in the 1976 TV movie The Tenth Level. In that, he played Professor Stephen Turner, a researcher very obviously based on Milgram--and Milgram was himself a consultant on the project. It's said the psychologist was displeased with the results, but you have to remember, that didn't have Twilight's Kellan Lutz in it.