APPLE ANNOUNCES TRIO OF AWARD-WINNING DIRECTORS SET TO DIRECT HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THRILLER “SHINING GIRLS”
Emmy Award-winner Michelle MacLaren (“Breaking Bad,” “The Morning Show”), Emmy and SAG Award-winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Invisible Man”) and Emmy Award-nominee Daina Reed (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will serve as directors on “Shining Girls,” a new Apple Original metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 best-selling novel by Lauren Beukes. The series will be adapted for television and executive produced by Silka Luisa, who also serves as showrunner.
MacLaren will direct the first two episodes of the eight episode first season, while Moss will direct two episodes and Reed will direct four episodes. In addition to directing, Moss stars and serves as executive producer on the project.
“Shining Girls” is an upcoming Apple Original thriller, from MRC Television, that will star Moss as Kirby, a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker. The series also stars Wagner Moura (“Narcos”) as ‘Dan,’ a veteran journalist breaking the widening story of a copycat attack, and BAFTA Award-winner Jamie Bell (“Rocketman,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”) in the role of ‘Harper,’ a mysterious loner with a surprising connection to Moss's Kirby.
“Shining Girls” is executive produced by Elisabeth Moss through her Love & Squalor Pictures, alongside Lindsey McManus. Leonardo DiCaprio serves as executive producer through Appian Way alongside Jennifer Davisson and Michael Hampton. Author Lauren Beukes, Alan Page Arriaga, Rebecca Hobbs and Daina Reed will also serve as executive producers on the project.
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