Lola Kirke and Gabriel Byrne haves joined Netflix’s Lost Girls. The new film from director Liz Garbus marks the narrative feature debut from the two-time Oscar nominee.
The story, both a true crime story and a strong character piece follows Mari Gilbert, as she relentlessly drives law enforcement agents to search for her missing daughter and in the process sheds light on a wave of unsolved murders of young female sex workers on the South Shore barrier islands of Long Island.
“I was lucky enough to spend time with Mari Gilbert before her death to discuss our project, her hopes, and her ongoing pursuit of justice,” says Garbus. “My hope is that Lost Girls honors Mari’s memory and continues her fight for justice and truth, a fight she shared with so many women whose stories are part of this film.”
The movie originally started out at Amazon Studios before moving to Netflix. Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Beautiful Boy, Gone Baby Gone, Birdman) was already attached to star. Now, the project has rounded out it cast, with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (Maniac, Hereditary, In Treatment) and Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Mistress America) leading the additions. Other names joining the cast include Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Oona Laurence (Bad Moms, The Beguiled, Southpaw), Reed Birney (House of Cards), Dean Winters (Divorce, John Wick), Miriam Shor (Younger, The American), Kevin Corrigan (Dice, The Get Down), and Rosal Colon (Orange is the New Black, Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
The film is written by Michael Werwie (upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile), based on Robert Kolker’s riveting and award-winning nonfiction book of the same title which was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Books of 2013. Produced by Langley Park Pictures, Archer Gray, its producers include Anne Carey (20th Century Women, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Kevin McCormick (upcoming The Goldfinch), with Garbus, Carrie Fix, Rory Koslow, Amy Nauiokas and Vinay Singh serving as Executive Producers.
Liz Garbus’ Lost Girls jumps from Amazon to Netflix
18th May 2028
It’s all change on Liz Garbus’ Lost Girls, which has jumped from Amazon to Netflix.
Based on Robert Kolker’s riveting and award-winning nonfiction book of the same title, the story is both a true crime story and a strong character piece. It follows Mari Gilbert as she relentlessly drives law enforcement agents to search for her missing daughter and in the process sheds light on a wave of unsolved murders of young female sex workers on the South Shore barrier islands of Long Island.
The film is produced by Archer Gray and Langley Park Pictures, with Amy Nauiokas and Rory Koslow on board as exec producers and Anne Carey (20th Century Women) and Kevin McCormick (The Goldfinch) attached as producers. Adapted for the screen by Michael Werwie (upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile), it marks the narrative feature debut of veteran documentary director Garbus.
Garbus first had the project set up as Amazon Studios, with production slated to begin in New York this spring. Now, it’s moved to Netflix, where Garbus helmed What Happened Miss Simone?. It’s all change in front of the camera too, with Gone Girl’s Amy Ryan now lined up to star – replacing the previously attached Sarah Paulson.
Sarah Paulson signs up to Amazon’s Lost Girls
6th February 2017
Sarah Paulson has signed up to star in Amazon’s new original film, Lost Girls.
The actress, who has long impressed with supporting roles in everything from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to 12 Years a Slave and American Horror Story, finally took home a wave of awards this year, with a Screen Actors Guild gong, a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her turn in The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Since then, she’s starred in Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger film Rebel in the Rye, which premiered at Sundance this year, and was the female lead in Blue Jay – the latest film in Mark Duplass’ Netflix deal.
Now, she’s hopping across the streaming aisle to Amazon, where she will topline their thriller about a real life serial killer who found his victims on Craigslist and used the waterfront roadside on the South Shore of Long Island to dump the bodies of his victims.
Based on Robert Kolker’s book, Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, adapted by Michael Werwie, the movie follows Mari (Paulson), the mother of a girl who goes missing along with several other prostitutes (who advertised using Craigslist).
The film will be directed by Liz Garbus, marking her first non-fiction feature. Indeed, Paulson’s not the only one to be moving between streaming services: Garbus’ last film was the Netflix original documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?.
The film is produced by Kevin McCormick, with production slated to begin in New York this spring.