Gugu Mbatha-Raw Will Headline BBC Adaptation of “The Girl Before,” HBO Max Likely to Co-Produce

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Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked has one more collection within the works. The “Morning Present” alumna is already slated to topline “Surface,” an upcoming Apple TV+ psychological thriller that’s being exec produced by Reese Witherspoon, and co-star in “Loki,” Disney+’s collection primarily based on the character of the identical identify, and now phrase comes that she’ll lead “The Woman Earlier than,” a BBC adaptation of JP Delaney’s best-selling 2016 novel. Deadline broke the news.

42, a U.Okay.-based manufacturing firm, is behind the BBC One collection and “within the superior levels of bringing on board a U.S. co-production companion.” HBO Max is the frontrunner, in keeping with the supply.

Set to be penned by Marissa Lestrade (“Deep State,” “Casualty”), “The Woman Earlier than” tells the story of Jane, a “traumatized girl who falls in love with a rare minimalist home, which stays underneath the spell of the architect who initially designed it. However when she discovers that three years earlier, one other broken girl died in the identical One Folgate Avenue property, she begins to surprise if her personal story is only a re-run of the woman earlier than,” Deadline teases.

Lisa Brühlmann, who acquired an Emmy nod for steering “Determined Instances,” the fourth episode of “Killing Eve’s” second season, will helm the collection. “Servant” and Citadel Rock” are amongst her different credit.

“A Wrinkle in Time,” “Quick Colour,” and “Belle” are amongst Mbatha-Uncooked’s movie credit. She starred alongside Mackenzie Davis within the beloved, Emmy-winning “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero.”

Mbatha-Uncooked was final seen in “Summerland” and “Misbehaviour.” The latter, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, is predicated on a real story and revisits how ladies’s rights activists disrupted the 1970 Miss World competitors. “There’s an extended technique to go earlier than we’ve full equality and we’d like movies like [‘Misbehaviour’] to push us alongside and to remind us of the legacy of the ladies who got here earlier than us,” Mbatha-Raw told Grazia. “Hopefully, it’ll encourage younger ladies to maintain combating for a greater future.”

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