Fans and frenemies of Anna Delvey, whose rise to power in New York City was chronicled in an infamous 2018 article from The Cut, will be thrilled to hear that Inventing Anna, the series Shonda Rhimes is developing for Netflix about the faux German heiress, has just announced its cast.
Delvey herself will be played by Ozark star Julia Garner, Variety reports, with Veep’s Anna Chlumsky portraying The Cut’s journalist Jessica Pressler. Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox was cast as Kacy Duke, a “celebrity trainer and life coach” who works with Delvey, and Scandal’s Katie Lowes will play Rachel, one of Delvey’s followers.
Additionally, Alexis Floyd has been cast as Neff, an “aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge,” who is the first character we meet in the original Cut story and who gives Delvey advice on which New York hot spots to flock to or avoid. The real-life Neff, or Neffatari Davis, sat down for an interview with Paper magazine in June 2018, in which she was described as “Anna Delvey’s only friend in New York.”
There’s no word yet on whether the real-life locations Delvey frequented during her reign of scam, like Le Coucou and SoHo’s 11 Howard boutique hotel, will appear in the series. Also unclear is whether Delvey’s signature style—or lack thereof—will be incorporated into the show, but given that it’s a Rhimes production, it’s safe to expect a high level of attention to detail.
Inventing Anna is the second adaptation of Pressler’s journalistic work. Julia Stiles portrayed her in the 2019 box office hit Hustlers, which followed a story Pressler reported about real-life strippers who started getting creative with their money-making methods. Just like Hustlers, Inventing Anna explores the question of what it means for a woman to invent herself nearly out of thin air. It’s rich territory, and hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to see it onscreen.
Originally Appeared on Vogue