Combine a script from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn with the format of hit TV series Big Little Lies – the team behind award-winning movie Get Out – the powerhouse production budget of US network HBO and a cast of Oscar winners and what do you get?
Sharp Objects, a new eight-part HBO drama series coming to Foxtel in July, promises to be a hit thanks to the seriously impressive credentials of its cast and crew.
The latest trailer for the series arrived online this week, painting a picture of an unnervingly shot gothic crime drama set in America’s south, not unlike 2014’s gritty HBO hit True Detective.
A psychological thriller, Sharp Objects is based on Flynn’s 2006 debut novel of the same name and follows reporter Camille Preaker as she returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murder of two young girls.
Watch the trailer for Sharp Objects below
Five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams stars as Camille, who must battle demons from her past as she pieces together the puzzle of what happened to the two young women.
It will be Adams’ first foray into television since she became a big-screen regular (she had a small part in The Office in 2005), a trend that’s become more prevalent among actors of her ilk, like Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Matthew McConaughey (True Detective).
She’s joined by an impressive cast of character actors like Patricia Clarkson, who plays small-town socialite Adora, plus an Australian representative in the form of Home and Away alum Eliza Scanlen, 19, who plays Camille’s half-sister.
Adams also takes on an executive producer role alongside Jason Blum, the producer behind the 2017 breakout horror hit Get Out, which took home the Academy Award for Best Screenplay this year, and 2014’s Whiplash, which claimed three Academy Awards.
To write the script, Flynn teamed up with Marti Noxon, who is known for co-creating the critically-acclaimed TV series UnREAL, a biting commentary on the lack of reality in reality television.
In case you’re not already sold on the show, the pièce de résistance is that it’s directed by Jean-March Vallée, the French-Canadian behind last year’s massively successful Big Little Lies, which also aired on Foxtel and attracted substantial ratings for the pay-TV service.
Sharp Objects will mark the third time one of Flynn’s novels has been adapted for the screen. Her 2012 bestseller Gone Girl was made into a film starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in 2014, while her 2009 novel Dark Places became a movie starring Charlize Theron in 2015.
Flynn told Entertainment Weekly she wanted Sharp Objects to be a TV series and not a movie for a reason.
“I was really nervous it would just turn into a horror movie and lose a lot of the nuance,” she said.
“The mystery is as much about who Camille is and what happened in this town as it is about the murders.”
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait months to see the series after it airs in the US, with Foxtel fast-tracking its release to both the Showtime channel and its streaming service, Foxtel Now.
You will, however, have to pay top dollar to watch Sharp Objects if you’re not already a Foxtel subscriber – $15 a month for Foxtel Now’s Drama package or $46 a month for the Drama Combo subscription pack on regular Foxtel.
Or you could just wait for it to hit iTunes and binge it all in one go.