Sienna Miller and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Will Star in a New Netflix Series

Annie Goldsmith
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While it's unclear whether Big Little Lies is getting a third season, it looks you'll have some new drama to sink your teeth into in the meantime. The series creator David E. Kelley is working on a new project, entitled Anatomy of a Scandal. Based on the 2017 Sarah Vaughan book by the same name, the show will follow a scandal among the British privileged elite.

Though we're not sure exactly when the series will air, it is certainly worth anticipating. Here is everything we know so far about the upcoming show.

The plot will center on a scandal rocking the British elite.

It is safe to assume the storyline will roughly follow that of the best-selling novel. In the book, James, a charismatic Westminster politician, is accused of rape, turning his world and marriage on its head. Sophie, his wife whom he met at Oxford, is convinced of James's innocence and strives to clear his name of the charges she deems unconscionable.

Meanwhile, Kate is the prosecutor hired on the case. She is educated, ambitious, and convinced that James is guilty. Kate is determined to make James pay for his crimes. In a trial shrouded in privilege and uncertainty, the series will take us through both women's sides of the story and ask who is right about the man at the center of everything.

Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend will star in the series.

Miller, who recently appeared in the miniseries, The Loudest Voice, will star as Sophie, the British wife and society woman determined to clear her husband's name. Best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, Dockery will take on the role of Kate, the steely prosecutor. Finally, Friend, who acted as CIA operative Peter Quinn on Homeland, is set to play politician James.

Behind-the-scenes is also a team of professionals. Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and former House Of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson will helm the series. S.J. Clarkson, who has worked on Succession and Orange Is the New Black, is directing.

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Photo credit: Jason LaVeris - Getty Images

There may be future seasons devoted to different scandals.

According to Deadline, this season of the show might be self-contained. The idea is that, afterwards, each season will be devoted to a different scandal. This anthology style of storytelling, with each season as its own universe, has become popular as of late. A Very English Scandal and American Horror Story both employ the same sort of tactic. Obviously, though, whether the show gets renewed for more seasons is to be determined.

A release date has not yet been announced.

We know the show will premiere exclusively on Netflix, but we aren't sure when. It could be a while though, given that the series has not begun filming. Shooting is supposed to begin this year in London.

In the meantime, you can prepare for the series by reading the book.

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