Anton Yelchin will take on the role of one of the students in Experimenter, a film about the infamous experiment on obedience conducted by Stanley Milgram at Yale University in 1961.
Milgram, played by Peter Sarsgaard, “designs a psychology experiment in which people think they’re delivering electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Subjects are told it’s about memory, but the experiment is really about conformity, conscience, and free will. Milgram is trying to come to terms with the Holocaust and to test people’s tendency to comply with authority.”
“Milgram meets Sasha (Winona Ryder), a former dancer living in New York. Their courtship includes a visit to the Yale lab, where Milgram’s experiment has yielded disturbing results: sixty-five per cent of Milgram’s subjects deliver shocks that may be fatal, obeying polite commands from a lab-coated authority figure.
“Milgram is working at Harvard when his obedience findings are reported in The New York Times. He is accused of being deceptive, a manipulative monster.”
Fallout from the experiment follows Milgram for years. The Tenth Level, a 1976 made-for-TV movie starring William Shatner (portrayed by Kellan Lutz) as Milgram, sees Milgram’s experiments “distorted.”
Experimenter will make its debut October 16.