New film over U.S. teen's disappearance on Aruba

Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:17pm EDT
 
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 has been made into a film, with an expected release early next year.

In a case that sparked widespread media publicity in the United States, Holloway disappeared from Aruba during a high school graduation trip. Her body has never been found.

The key suspect is Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national. He was arrested twice in the case but never charged after giving different stories about her disappearance.

Van der Sloot has since been arrested, however, for the death of business student Stephany Flores, 21, in a Lima, Peru hotel room. Police said in June that Van der Sloot had confessed to the girl's killing.

The English-language film "Me & Mr Jones" is about an undercover journalist who breaks into Van der Sloot's home on Aruba to force a breakthrough in the Holloway case, producer and director Paul Ruven said in a statement.

Emmy-nominated Robert de Hoog plays the role of the journalist, while Hanna Verboom plays the woman who assists him.

Ruven, co-screenwriter of "Alaska" that won the Oscar for best foreign student movie, added the film was shot on Aruba between April and July and includes aspects of Van der Sloot's arrest over the murder of Peruvian Flores.

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; Editing by Steve Addison)

 
<p>Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime &amp; Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts</p>