Showtime has announced that Emmy and SAG Award nominee Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) will star in the original series Three Women, based on the blockbuster nonfiction No. 1 bestseller (buy at Amazon) by Lisa Taddeo, who is also a writer on the series.
The show has been picked up straight to series, with principal photography set to begin in the fall. The announcement was made today by Amy Israel, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo, showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg (Y: The Last Man, Borgen, Deliver Us) has signed on to direct the first two episodes, which she will also executive produce.
In this intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire, three women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life.
Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship.
Gia, a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever.
Woodley, who will play Gia, earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie by virtue of her performance as Jane Chapman on Big Little Lies. Woodley first broke out with a starring role in television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Since then, Woodley has become a major, formidable presence on the big screen, with credits including The Descendants (for which she won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female), The Spectacular Now, the Divergent franchise, The Fault in Our Stars, Adrift and Endings, Beginnings.
Woodley will soon be seen in the feature film The Last Letter From Your Lover, for which she also served as a producer, and the indie thriller Misanthrope, which Woodley produced as well. Woodley begins production on the film Robots next month.
“Shailene Woodley is an undeniable powerhouse who never fails to give an unflinchingly honest performance,” said Israel. “We are beyond thrilled that she will be at the forefront of this electrifying show. Three Women promises to be a riveting and immersive exploration of female desire, told by women in charge of their own narratives. Lisa Taddeo and Laura Eason’s adaptation crackles with emotion and edge and, coupled with Louise Friedberg’s exceptional direction, this Showtime series promises to be everyone’s next obsession.”
Showtime has also released the trailer for the timely docu-series UFO from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Glen Zipper, premiering on Sunday, August 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The four-part series explores our fascination with unidentified flying objects, and what clandestine influence the American government, lucrative private companies and the military may have in shielding the truth behind extraterrestrial phenomena to further their own agendas.
The premiere episode will be made available for free on YouTube, Showtime.com, as well as across multiple Showtime partner platforms, and all four episodes will be available to Showtime subscribers on Sunday, August 8 at 12:01 a.m. ET/PT.
Directed by Mark Monroe (Icarus) and Paul Crowder (Riding Giants), the series is a co-production by Bad Robot and Zipper Bros Films.
Ignited by the bombshell New York Times story in 2017 revealing that the Pentagon had been secretly tracking UFOs for years, the series examines the history of the phenomenon through cultural and political touchpoints, including shocking testimony from eyewitnesses across the country.
As the conversation grows more bizarre and reaches the mainstream by virtue of credible investigations into alien encounters, UFO confronts the most enigmatic questions of all: Why do we believe what we believe? And what is the elusive truth beyond this decades-long mystery?