Showtime has found its third of three women for the TV adaptation of “Three Women.” Gabrielle Creevy (“In My Skin”) has been cast as Maggie, a student in North Dakota who weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship, according to the Showtime description.
As previously announced, the series also stars Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), DeWanda Wise (“Fatherhood”) and Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”). So, yes, that’s technically four women — but the title doesn’t include Woodley’s character. More on that in a bit.
“Three Women,” an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Lisa Taddeo, is described as an “intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire” centered on three women “on a crash course to radically overturn their lives.”
Gilpin will play Lina, a homemaker in Indiana who, after a decade in a passionless marriage, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Wise will play Sloane, a “glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story.” Woodley will star as Gia, a writer grieving the loss of her family who persuades the three women to tell her their stories. The course of her life is changed forever by her relationships with them.
So Shailene is not a title character, but she’s no afterthought either. The Woodley casting was announced at the same time Showtime ordered the adaptation to series.
“Shailene Woodley is an undeniable powerhouse who never fails to give an unflinchingly honest performance,” Amy Israel, Showtime’s executive vice president of scripted programming, said at the time. “We are beyond thrilled that she will be at the forefront of this electrifying show. ‘Three Women’ promises to be a riveting and immersive exploration of female desire, told by women in charge of their own narratives. Lisa Taddeo and Laura Eason’s adaptation crackles with emotion and edge and, coupled with Louise Friedberg’s exceptional direction, this Showtime series promises to be everyone’s next obsession.”
Taddeo will serve as a writer and executive producer on the adaptation, alongside showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg will direct the first two episodes, which she will also executive produce.
The drama is slated to begin production this fall for a premiere in 2022.
Deadline first reported the news of Creevy’s casting.