Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky to star in Netflix’s Inventing Anna
James R | On 01, Nov 2019
Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky will star in Inventing Anna, Shondaland’s first series for Netflix.
The series is based on the true story of Anna Delvey, a socialite scammer who made world headlines last year. Delvey, whose real name was Anna Sorokin, conned New York’s social scene into thinking that was a millionaire, using wads of cash to help convince people that she was a wealthy heiress. Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People exposed the fraud, with the article going viral.
Inventing Anna will see a journalist with a lot to prove investigate the case, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and their money as well. 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?
Garner (Ozark) will play Anna, a “young woman in her mid-20s with a hard to place European accent”. 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.
Chlumsky (Veep) will play the reporter working to salvage her career with just the right story. 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.
They are joined by Katie Lowes (Scandal) as Rachel, a natural born follower whose blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, and Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) as Kacy, a celebrity trainer and life coach who also gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind. Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) joins them as Neff, an aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge.
Shonda Rhimes is creator of the series and exec produces alongside Betsy Beers. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada will direct two episodes, including the first, and Pressler will serve as a producer.
Shonda Rhimes tackles Anna Delvey story in first Netflix series
9th June 2018
Shonda Rhimes has lined up her first Netflix series, and she’s picked a hot topic to focus on: Anna Delvey, the socialite scammer who made world headlines this year.
Delvey, whose real name was Anna Sorokin, conned New York’s social scene into thinking that was a millionaire, using wads of cash to help convince people that she was a wealthy heiress. Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People exposed the fraud, with the article going viral.
While the internet went wild for this rise and fall story, with Sorokin being charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, Hollywood was also paying attention. A number of producers reportedly pursued the article in a hope to bag the rights for an adaptation, but Netflix has come out on top. Their own wads of funds no doubt helped but the attachment of Rhimes to the project, according to Deadline, helped push their bid over the top.
The project is the first to be announced by Shondaland and Netflix since the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator inked a major overall deal with the streaming giant last year, alongside longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers makes the move to Netflix as well. The five-year agreement saw her leave her former home of ABC Studios.
“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” said Rhimes when the deal was announced. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for – the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”
Photo: Netflix / Jay Goldman