In 2014, the Americans were shocked when eighteen-year-old Conrad Roy III took his own life. Roy was encouraged by his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, via text messages, emails, and phone calls to kill himself. Roy’s and Carter’s relationship was via text messages and phone calls, and both had an extensive history of mental health issues and struggles in their personal lives. Three years later, in 2017, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, as she encouraged Roy in his final moments to continue and move forward with dying.
She is now out of jail, but Hulu has made a series about the case titled The Girl from Plainville. The upcoming Hulu series adapted a 2017 Esquire article titled “The Girl from Plainville,” which outlined the court case and Michelle Carter’s life directly after the suicide. The Michelle Carter case was a sensation in the news when it happened, and with details still being fresh in people’s minds, a television series about it is relevant in contemporary society. Here’s everything we currently know about The Girl from Plainville.
Plot: What The Girl From Plainville Will Be About
Due to the circumstances of the Carter and Roy case, it seems only natural the show will tip-toe the line between dramatizing what happened and potentially sensationalizing it even further. Based on the stills released from the show, it’s confirmed that there will be scenes in the courtroom during the Carter trial. No specific plot details have been released, nor is there an official trailer yet. Most known details have been confirmed directly by those producing the show itself.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the showrunners consulted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Eating Disorder Association to find a balance between accurately portraying mental illness and dramatizing the events that occurred. While it’s comforting that they proceeded with such measures, the show hopes to convey the difficulties and struggles the families went through while touching upon how difficult it is to live with mental illness. This theme will not only touch upon Conrad Roy III and Michelle Carter and people that lived around them: family, friends, classmates. When a tragedy like this occurs, it unfortunately creates a ripple effect that ultimately ends up impacting everyone involved.
Carter, who already struggled with mental health issues, demonstrates how young women are depicted in the media. She also shows how sensational news warps truth and fiction into something completely unrecognizable. Social media and cyberbullying also remain problems in 2022, leading to other youths considering suicide or self-harm to cope with the virtual world that the world now lives in.
The Confirmed Cast So Far
Michelle Carter will be portrayed by Elle Fanning, who has recently been in Hulu’s The Great. Fanning has received acclaim for her role in The Great as Catherine the Great. To prepare for the role, Fanning studied the courtroom tapes and the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die to replicate how Carter spoke and acted, so she could embody her physically and mentally. Fanning vaguely resembles Carter, and, with makeup, the resemblance is uncanny in the first look of her in costume and makeup.
As an actress Fanning has shown a particularly keen eye for playing young women with nuanced conflicts. From Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, to portraying an orphan model in the psychological horror The Neon Demon, Fanning has repeatedly proven she’s not a character actor. Her characters have crossed time and space, allowing her to flex her skills as an actress.
The main cast will also consist of Chloë Sevigny, Colton Ryan, Cara Buono, Kai Lennox, and Norbert Leo Butz. Colton Ryan will be portraying the role of Conrad Roy III. With this experienced cast of seasoned actors, The Girl from Plainville has high expectations regarding the quality of the production.
Anticipated Release Date
There is no official release date yet for the series, but with Hulu recently revealing the first look at Fanning in the role, the rumored release date of Spring 2022 looks more feasible. The show was first announced in 2020, and two years later, it seems like it will finally be hitting the small screen before the year ends. The Girl From Plainville will not be a full-fledged series. Instead, it will be a limited series that has a run time of eight episodes.
As more details are released and a trailer eventually makes its way into the world, we’ll know more about the upcoming Hulu show. Until then, you can watch the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die to catch up about what went down back in 2014. The Girl from Plainville will exclusively be available to stream on Hulu; stay tuned for more updates.
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