Another day, another new streaming series with A-list actors and an exciting filmmaker. This time, we have HBO Max and BBC One joining forces for a new four-part limited series, “The Girl Before.”
According to HBO Max, the streamer has teamed up with BBC One to produce an adaptation of the best-selling novel, “A Girl Before.” The series will star Gugu Mbatha-Raw alongside David Oyelowo and follow the story of a woman that is invited to live in a beautiful home by a mysterious architect. However, to qualify to stay there, she must follow very specific rules. And as you might expect, the strange circumstance begins to take a toll on the woman, especially when she learns of the fate that befell the woman that lived there previously.
“I’m so excited to work with this amazing team on such a compelling story in my debut role as an actor and producer,” said Mbatha-Raw.
Oyelowo added, “This story is mind-bending in its clever construction and intricacy. I can’t wait to see it, let alone be in it. Plus, I’d go anywhere to work with my friend Gugu again.”
“The Girl Before” is set to be directed by Lisa Brühlmann. You might know the filmmaker from her work on the feature film, “Blue My Mind,” as well as on the series “Killing Eve,” “Castle Rock,” and “Servant.”
“Can our surroundings, like a special house, affect who we are, even change us?” said Brühlmann. “The ability to change our beliefs and our character is highly fascinating to me. I can’t wait to bring this female-driven thriller to life.”
It’s unclear when production might begin on “The Girl Before,” but with this cast and Brühlmann attached to direct, this will be a series that we’re excited to check out.
Here’s the synopsis for the series:
THE GIRL BEFORE tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways but, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…