Making A Murderer is a true-crime story that has captured the imagination of millions. The original Netflix docuseries was first streamed last December, depicting the events of the Steven Avery murder trial, and the question marks that hang over his guilty conviction.
In the months following the show's screening, a fervent debate has taken Reddit by storm, garnered hundreds of theories and turned the majority of Netflix subscribers into part-time detectives.
If bookmakers are right, and let's face it, often they are, then a big-screen adaptation of the events could be imminent. BoyleSports believes a movie will be made by 2020, and is so confident it has even released a list of top choices for the leading role.
On the list, the three favorites to play Avery are:
1. Billy Bob Thornton — Odds: 9/2
The 60-year-old Oscar winner is the joint favorite. Thornton has most recently starred in the TV version of Fargo, for which he won a Golden Globe.
His performance in Sling Blade (1996) as Karl Childers, a man who is released from a psychiatric hospital years after murdering his mother and her partner, makes him a leading contender.
2. Danny McBride — Odds: 9/2
Fellow front-runner Danny McBride is best known for his comedy performances, appearing in hits such as Pineapple Express (2008) and Tropic Thunder (2008).
There is no doubting he has acting ability; his leading role in TV comedy-drama Eastbound & Down is testament to that. Could McBride make the transition into a more dramatic role? Ridley Scott certainly believes so. The director has been in talks with McBride to star in Alien: Covenant.
3. Kiefer Sutherland — Odds: 11/2
Although best known for his portrayal of Jake Bauer on the hit TV series 24, the 49-year-old has a long and distinguished movie career.
Sutherland started as an '80s pin-up, appearing in films such as Stand By Me (1986) and Young Guns (1988). Following his portrayal of Bauer, he's appeared in films such as Melancholia (2011) and Pompeii (2014).
And The Best Of The Rest
Due to the publicity surrounding the TV series, there is no doubt many actors will be vying to take on the challenge of portraying Avery. It's fair to say BoyleSports' list is pretty diverse:
- Woody Harrelson 7/1
- Jeff Bridges 9/1
- Val Kilmer 12/1
- Jeremy Renner 12/1
- Brad Pitt 16/1
- Leonardo DiCaprio 16/1
- Louis CK 20/1
- Paul Giamatti 50/1
- John Travolta 50/1
- Sean Penn 50/1
- Daniel Day-Lewis 50/1
DiCaprio, the man everyone would like to see win an Oscar this year, shares odds with fellow Hollywood A-lister Pitt at 16/1. I can't help but feel, however, that the role requires someone who isn't so astronomically well known.
My personal choice from the list would be outsider Giamatti, who is 50/1. Throughout his career he's taken on varied and understated roles, and I feel he'd be a good fit. He also has a physical resemblance to Avery. What do you think?
If a film adaptation does happen, who would you like to see portray Steven Avery?