The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a 2006 American slasher film and a prequel to 2003's, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The sixth installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and co-produced by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper (co-creators of the original 1974 film), the film went into release in North America on October 6, 2006. The film's story takes place four years before the timeline of the 2003 film. It stars Jordana Brewster, Diora Baird, Taylor Handley, Matt Bomer, and R. Lee Ermey. On August 28, 1939, a woman dies while giving birth in a meat-packing plant. The manager disposes of the baby, leaving him in a dumpster outside. A young woman, Luda Mae Hewitt, discovers the baby in the dumpster while searching for food. She names the infant Thomas and takes him to the Hewitt residence, raising him as her own son. 30 years later, Thomas (now known as Leatherface), works in the same slaughterhouse in which his mother died, working for the same boss that left him in the dumpster. Although the plant is closed by the health department, Leatherface refuses to leave. The boss forces his assistant to make him leave, which he does after the assistant insults him. Later that day Leatherface returns and brutally kills his boss with a sledgehammer in a fit of rage.