An actress whose character shoots someone dead in an upcoming horror movie was charged with a similar real-life murder just one day after filming wrapped.
Former reporter Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed, 30, stars under the pseudonym Wyn Reed in the lead role of Valerie Faust in the upcoming horror flick “From the Dark,” according to the Mail Tribune.
The filmmakers say they had no idea that when she was cast that she was facing a manslaughter charge for the 2016 shooting death of her uncle in Jackson County, Oregon, which she claimed as self-defense.
While Moore-Reed was on the five-month project, investigators got hold of cellphone footage she filmed while shooting her uncle — ending with her charges upgraded to murder just a day after filming wrapped, according to the reports.
Siskiyou Productions says it is now “struggling” with how to handle releasing the flick, given the serious charges facing the top-billed actor.
“We had absolutely no idea about who she was or her circumstances,” the company insisted on its IndieGoGo page for the film.
“Please, do forgive us. We are trying our best to make a release of this film happen, but we don’t want to hurt anyone in the process.”
Others involved in the film also note the eerie similarities between the real-life shooting and that played by the actress.
“There’s a key scene where she shoots somebody in a similar fashion,” one source told CBSLA.
“The lead character knows they’re in trouble, and she just nailed the right level of fear,” another source on the film told the station.
Moore-Reed was charged with murder in January with her connection to the movie only emerging this week.
The cellphone footage she filmed while shooting her uncle, Shane Moore, 63, was key in her charges, Jackson County Circuit Judge Lisa Greif said during a January bail hearing.
“It was almost like she was angry that he wasn’t dead,” Greif told the court of the suspect’s reaction on the footage. “To me, that kind of nailed down the evidence for me.”
Moore-Reed is currently being held without bail. Her murder trial is scheduled for next month.
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