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From Hollywood Reporter: The Gosnell Cast

Earl Billings, a very good actor, will play Kermit Gosnell, a very bad man.

As mentioned in a post below, the Gosnell movie is shooting now in Oklahoma (which stands in for Philadelphia!) and Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter has now announced the cast:

The filmmakers behind Gosnell, a movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, said Thursday that Earl Billings has been cast as Gosnell while Dean Cain will play Detective James Wood, who investigated Gosnell in a case that led to him being convicted on three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

Billings, who bears a slight resemblance to the real Gosnell, has been a character actor for more than three decades, showing up in such films as American Splendor and Thank You For Smoking. He was a regular on the TV series Miss Guided in 2008.

Cain is best known as Clark Kent in the TV series Lois & Clark and has recently starred in a slew of TV Christmas movies.

Gosnell, originally conceived as a TV movie but now planned as a feature film, has begun filming in Oklahoma City, a producer said Thursday.

Nick Searcy, best known as an actor for his role on Justified on FX, is directing Gosnell from a script by Andrew Klavan, who drew on a 280-page grand jury report that describes how the African-American doctor charged different prices for anesthesia depending on how much pain a patient was willing to endure and how white women were given a nicer waiting room and cleaner medical equipment than the minority women.

The report alleges that Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, but he was convicted a few years ago on just three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

The movie also will tell the story of what filmmakers say was a media cover-up that lasted decades.