Netflix will adapt a fascinating true story for an upcoming miniseries. Titled An Unbelievable Story Of Rape, it will be based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article of the same name by the Marshall Project and ProPublica, as well as a This American Life radio episode by the name of “Anatomy Of Doubt”.
Both pieces of reporting explore the aftermath of a case where a teenager was charged with lying about being raped. However, the story turns out to be far from simple, and the Netflix series will focus on two female detectives who get involved in the case and hunt for the truth.
Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Merritt Wever (The Walking Dead) have been cast in the lead roles as detectives assigned to the case, while reporters T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong are writing the series. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright) will produce the series and direct the first three episodes.
Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) has also been cast, though her role has not yet been revealed, but it is assumed she will be playing Marie, who makes the initial allegations.
This is a particularly timely story considering everything that’s been happening with the #MeToo movement, with women feeling empowered to come forward and report sexual assault, no longer silenced by fear. It’s also got a superb cast, and will surely be an excellent addition to Netflix’s growing catalogue of true crime stories.
Their documentary series such as Making A Murderer and The Keepers have proven to be hits, so there’s no reason to think a narrative adaptation of a true crime tale won’t be as well.