Elle Fanning is starring in a new Hulu series based on the Michelle Carter ‘texting suicide’ case, with Fanning having undergone a dramatic transformation for her lead role as Carter. The Girl from Plainville is a dramatised adaptation of the events in which a teen Carter encouraged her boyfriend to end his life via text message.
Fanning, the executive producer of the series, and showrunners, Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus, did not want the adaptation to feel a sensationalised version of the events, rather an honest portrayal of both the families involved in the case. The series concurrently explores the day-to-day struggles many may have with their mental health across the United States.
Joining Fanning in the ensemble cast includes Colton Ryan as Carter’s boyfriend Conrad Roy III, Chloe Sevigny as Ryan’s mother and Norbert Leo Butz as his father. Stranger Things’ Caro Buono and Kai Lennox take on the roles of Carter’s parents, Gail and David, with additional casting still to be announced.
In 2017, Carter was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of her boyfriend, with the trial gaining global interest and raising questions about both mental health and the right to free speech. Sentenced to 15 months in prison, she was released in 2020 after less than a year spent inside on a good behaviour bond. The pair had met two years earlier and maintained a relationship via phone, email and text due to living in different states.
A release date for The Girl from Plainville is still to be confirmed, with Hulu having slated it for a spring premiere in the United States. In the meantime, if you're looking for more bingeworthy TV shows to watch this summer, take a look at our guide here.
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