In recent years, the US has led the way on female-led serial drama. Just look at Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere or The Morning Show. But the tide is turning. This year, the success of programmes like I May Destroy You and I Hate Suzie have proven that we can do it just as well as our cousins across the pond, and now the UK’s reputation is sure to improve even further with the news that Sienna Miller is taking the lead in a tense new series.
Sienna, best known for roles in The Girl, Factory Girl, American Woman and Alfie, has signed up to play Sophie in a Netflix adaptation of Anatomy of a Scandal. The novel, written by Sarah Vaughan, became an international bestseller on its release in 2018, following Sophie, a happy wife and mother of two whose life changes overnight.
According to its official materials, ‘Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case - she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.’
Kate will be played by Michelle Dockery, best known for playing Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. James, the charistmatic junior minister at the centre of the case, will be played by Homeland’s Rupert Friend.
A release date has not yet been confirmed, but it will run on Netflix for six, one-hour episodes. Filming in London, Jessica Jones director S. J. Clarkson will take the helm, with David E. Kelley of Big Little Lies and Melissa James Gibson of The Americans teaming up as show runners.
We can’t wait.
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