HBO has announced new cast members and released a first-look image from the fourth and final season of the drama series My Brilliant Friend, currently in production in Italy.
This season is based on The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante‘s fourth and final book of the quadrilogy and is a The Apartment, Fremantle Italy, Wildside and Fandango production.
Lorenzo Mieli is producing for Fremantle Italy, The Apartment and Wildside (both Fremantle companies) and Domenico Procacci is producing for Fandango, in collaboration with Rai Fiction and HBO Entertainment.
The new cast members this season are Alba Rohrwacher as Elena Greco, Irene Maiorino as Lila Cerullo, and Fabrizio Gifuni as Nino Sarratore.
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My Brilliant Friend is the tale of Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950.
Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — both her best friend and her worst enemy.
My Brilliant Friend is created by Saverio Costanzo. An HBO-RAI Series, the fourth season is based on the bestselling novel My Brilliant Friend: The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth book of the quadrilogy by Elena Ferrante published in the U.S. by Europa Editions.
The story and screenplays are by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. This season is directed by Laura Bispuri and executive produced by Saverio Costanzo, Paolo Sorrentino, Jennifer Schuur, Elena Recchia and Guido De Laurentiis.
The critically-acclaimed, global hit drama has traveled to over 170 territories with Fremantle, who will also distribute the fourth and final season, in association with Rai Com.
“When we decided to bring Elena Ferrante’s masterpiece Neapolitan Novels to the screen, we knew Elena and Lila’s story had to be told in its entirety. It’s both thrilling and bittersweet to embark on this fourth and final season,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, previously.
She added: “We’re deeply grateful to the entire creative team led by Saverio Costanzo and Lorenzo Mieli, and to our season 3 director Daniele Luchetti. We look forward to completing the quartet and know ‘The Story of the Lost Child’ will bring the series to a close with the same heart, intimacy, and epic storytelling that has defined Elena and Lila’s journey from the beginning.”
Maria Pia Ammirati, director of Rai Fiction, said: “My Brilliant Friend is an asset that has proven the success of our production partnership with HBO Entertainment, Fandango, Fremantle, The Apartment and Wildside.
“What lies behind this success is the precious opportunity offered by Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan Novels and the realistic, exciting and originally Italian imagery that has brought to life the audio-visual transposition of the friendship between Lila and Lenù.
“This mix between a strongly characterized environment, marked first of all by the dialect, then by its humanity and by the emotions heightened through the power of a female friendship, has proved to be a driving force for seriality, as well as a showcase for the creativity and expertise of Italy’s audio-visual industry. Our aim is to maximize this in the wake of a now well-established cooperation full of prospects.”
Lorenzo Mieli, CEO for The Apartment, said: “When we began work on the television adaptation of My Brilliant Friend, we knew we were approaching something special. The books were already a worldwide phenomenon when we began production, so we had the responsibility of making a series up to par.
“Now that we’re announcing the fourth and final season, we believe this daring challenge has been won and we couldn’t be more grateful for the encouragement the perfection of Elena Ferrante’s novels and Saverio Costanzo’s work over the years have given us.
He added: “Thanks again to HBO, Rai, Fandango, the writers, the directors and all the cast and crew who have accompanied us so gracefully on this journey.”
Domenico Procacci, CEO of Fandango, commented: “We’re nearing the end of a long and wonderful adventure. There’s inevitably some sadness, but the overriding feeling is one of joy for having been part of this fantastic work.”