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Ever since Shonda Rhimes announced her massive development deal with Netflix, we’ve anxiously awaited details on her new slate of shows. (Not to worry, Grey’s Anatomy fans, the medical drama is not going anywhere anytime soon.)
One show in particular piqued our interest: Inventing Anna. The limited series will tell the story of Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin), a woman in New York City who pretended to be a German heiress and scammed many members of the city’s elite party scene. “In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene—and stole their money as well,” Netflix says in a show description per the Hollywood Reporter. “But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman, or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: Who is Anna Delvey?” Sorokin is currently in prison after being convicted of attempted grand larceny, three grand larceny counts, and a misdemeanor charge of theft of services.
Now that details about the cast and the plot are starting to emerge, here’s everything we know so far—aside from the fact that we can't wait to binge this show in one sitting.
The creative team: This will be the first new show created by Rhimes since Scandal, and she’ll also do the writing. Betsy Beers, who works on all the Shondaland shows, will serve as an executive producer, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
The source material: Much like the film Hustlers, Inventing Anna is based on a New York magazine article by journalist Jessica Pressler. “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” was first published in May 2018 and attempted to unravel the tangled web of lies that the woman known as Anna Delvey told as she conned the high society set in New York out of money, hotel rooms, and more in an effort to keep up her lavish lifestyle.
The cast: Netflix recently announced five major casting decisions for the show.
Julia Garner: Garner, who recently won an Emmy for her role on Ozark, will play Delvey. A press release from Netflix describes her as “a young woman in her mid-20s with a hard-to-place European accent who takes New York by storm. Either a brilliant businesswoman or a scammer extraordinaire, Anna in turn inspires loyalty, compassion, contempt, and obsession—all while leaving behind an emotional body count.”
Anna Chlumsky: The Veep alum will play Vivian, the reporter working on the story. Vivian is “working to salvage her career with just the right story. The Anna Delvey story is her golden ticket—she is willing to face any problem to get it. But as she works on the Anna story, there is one problem she never expected—Anna herself. The more Vivian pursues the truth about Anna, the more attached to Anna she becomes.”
Katie Lowes: The former Scandal star will play Rachel, who is “a natural-born follower and her blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, her credit and her life. But while her relationship with Anna is her greatest regret, the woman she becomes because of Anna may be Anna’s greatest creation.”
Laverne Cox: Cox is set to play Kacy Duke. “A celebrity trainer and life coach, Kacy gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind but is mature and centered enough to stay out of any real trouble. When she least expects it, in the wake of Anna’s crimes, Kacy finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna.”
Alexis Floyd: The actress, whom you might remember as Tia on the most recent season of The Bold Type, will play Neff. “An aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge, Neff knows New York and its people. Neff’s all style, all substance—more complex than most. She’s drawn in by Anna’s charm, but while passionate and loyal, she’s nobody’s fool.”
The air date: No release date has been announced as of yet.
This post will be updated as more details emerge.
Originally Appeared on Glamour