In 2015, T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong published “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a harrowing look at the case of Marie, a teenager charged with lying about rape. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning article is being adapted into a series for Netflix, starring Toni Collette, Merrit Wever and Kaitlyn Dever.
Dever will play Marie, with Collette and Wever co-starring as “two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.” According to Variety, their “lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist.” The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko will direct the first three episodes of the series from showrunner Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Grant joins co-writers Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, with all three set as executive producers.
Just given the lineup, this is some clear Emmys bait, and we’re biting. The illustrious Collette has garnered newfound respect after her stellar performance in Hereditary, while Wever and Dever have given outstanding performances in more understated projects—Wever garnered acclaim for her turn in Netflix’s underrated Western Godless, while Dever was unforgettable as Jayden in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12. As responsible female on-screen representation becomes more and more pertinent in our culture, this certainly seems like an ideal project for this #MeToo-mired age.