Changeling is no remake of the 1980 horror flick, but it is about a child—a boy whose vanishing captivated Los Angeles in the Jazz Age, the Los Angeles Times reports. Angelina Jolie stars as Christine Collins, a mother whose lost son was replaced by police with the wrong boy. In a time when women were thought to suffer from vapors, Collins battled the LAPD, endured lockup in an asylum, and faced a serial killer in an attempt to reclaim her lost child.
Journalist and screenwriter J. Michael Straczyski pored over city and court archives to recreate Collins’ horrific story. When director Clint Eastwood heard Jolie wanted to play her, he told producers to stop looking. "She was very affected by it," said Eastwood, who sought to revive 1940s-style dramatic films about great women. "I always liked those kind of stories, and we got away from them over the years."