Shonda Rhimes’ second Netflix project has announced its main cast. Inventing Anna is based on the infamous Anna Delvey scandal. It is the first series created by Rhimes since Scandal. She is also the writer for the pilot.

Julia Garner will be Delvey, with Anna Chlumsky, Scandal‘s Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox and Alexis Floyd are also starring.

Here’s the official description: In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene–and stole 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? 

Chlumsky will play Vivian, “A reporter working to salvage her career with just the right story. The Anna Delvey story is her golden ticket–she is willing to face any problem to get it.  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.” Garner’s Delvey is “A young woman in her mid-20s with a hard to place European accent who takes New York by storm.  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.”

Lowes is Rachel, “a natural-born follower and her blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job,  her credit and her life. But while her relationship with Anna is her greatest regret, the woman she becomes because of Anna may be Anna’s greatest creation.” Cox is Kacy Duke. “As a celebrity trainer and life coach, Kacy gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind but is mature and centered enough to stay out of any real trouble. When she least expects it, in the wake of Anna’s crimes, Kacy finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna.” Floyd is Neff, “an aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge, Neff knows New York and its people.  Neff’s all style, all substance–more complex than most. She’s drawn in by Anna’s charm, but while passionate and loyal, she’s nobody’s fool.”

The series uses the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler, as source material. It will be a limited series with ten episodes. Pressler is a producer, along with Rhimes. Betsy Beers is an executive producer. David Frankel will direct two episodes, including the pilot.



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