'The Girl From Plainville' Trailer: Elle Fanning Stars In A Crime Drama About A Texting Suicide Case

Can words really kill? Hulu’s limited series “The Girl from Plainville” looks at the events surrounding a death based on that very concept. Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III. Dubbed the “texting-suicide” case, it would reach national attention thanks to accusations that Carter provoked Roy’s suicide through text and calls. Her subsequent acquittal left many questioning the roles we play in each other’s lives and how communication changes individuals. It also stoked curiosity about Carter and Roy’s ill-fated relationship.

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The Girl from Plainville” explores Carter’s life as well as the romance which ended in tragedy. Elle Fanning, already an established name on Hulu thanks to “The Great,” plays Carter. Colton Ryan takes on the role of Carter’s deceased boyfriend Conrad “Coco” Roy III. 

It’s also a project investigating the lives of those who surrounded this doomed couple. Chloë Sevigny and Norbert Leo Butz portray the Roy family, while Kai Lennox and Cara Buono are cast as the Carters. As families are pulled apart by tragedy, their performances only add to the dramatic tension. Sevigny’s no stranger to compelling stories — her last TV project was the 2020 Luca Guadagnino series “We Are Who We Are.”

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The limited series’ official synopsis:

The Girl From Plainville” is inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case. Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus are co-showrunners on “The Girl From Plainville.” The Hulu series debuts March 29th on Hulu. Get your first look at the trailer below.