Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Cult Leader Jim Jones in Film About Jonestown Massacre with Chloë Grace Moretz

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in a new film titled White Night, which will recount the famed 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana.

Gordon-Levitt, 40, will embody cult leader Jim Jones, who as the head of the Peoples Temple led more than 900 of his followers to die by suicide by drinking cyanide-laced punch in a remote commune in South America, PEOPLE confirms.

Carrie star Chloë Grace Moretz is also set to star in the film, portraying a member of Jones’ inner circle who survived and went on to recount her experiences — which serve as the basis for the film.

White Night, to be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky, is based on Deborah Layton’s best-selling memoir Seductive Poison, Variety reported. The script was written by William Wheeler.

“Debbie [Layton]’s incredible journey with the People’s Temple deserves an audience across generations,’ ” Amy Nauiokas, CEO of Archer Gray, which is co-producing the film, said in a statement per Variety. “It should serve as warning about the power a certain type of charismatic leader can have and the very real lessons to be learned from our history.”

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