DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It, Fatherhood, Jurassic World: Dominion) will star opposite Shailene Woodley in Showtime’s Three Women series adaptation in a lead role (via Deadline). Based on the bestselling nonfiction book by author Lisa Taddeo, Wise will reportedly portray the character of Sloane in the series. The project is being adapted by Taddeo.
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In Three Women, described as an intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire, three women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever.
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The book, published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster, tells the story of three American women who suffered private and/or public backlash for their sexual desires. It took Taddeo “a decade to research, report, and write it,” with the author moving to the towns of her novel’s subjects in order to “achieve complete authenticity.” Gia’s storyline in the project mirrors Taddeo’s experience developing the novel.
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Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo along with showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric, and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg (Y: The Last Man) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes. Principal photography will begin this fall.