Nicolas Cage is to star in new movie 'Frozen Ground'.

The Oscar-winning actpr has signed up to play an Alaska State Trooper who investigated the murders by notorious serial killer Robert Hansen.

Hansen, who got the nickname 'The Butcher Baker' was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women and raping another 30 in a 12-year span.

He received a 461-year sentence and is incarcerated at a state prison in Seward.

Filming is scheduled to start in Anchorage, Alaska on October 10.

Although it is not clear which trooper Cage will play, Glenn Flothe was the man who put Hansen behind bars and has previously spoken about how the killer worked.

Hansen's victims initially included any woman who caught his eye but he quickly learned that prostitutes and strippers were harder to track and less likely to be missed.

Flothe said: "He tried to make us think that he had some kind of moral code but the reality was that these street girls and the girls in the bars were easier victims."

Officials only found 12 bodies of the 17 women he confessed to killing. The Others have never been located.