Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show, Loki) and David Oyelowo (Selma, Star Wars Rebels) are reteaming with a four-part psychological thriller series titled The Girl Before for HBO Max and BBC One. The series is created, written, and executive produced by J.P. Delaney, based on his bestselling novel of the same name. Marissa Lestrade (White Stork) will co-write episodes and Emmy-nominated Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve) will direct.
Here’s the synopsis via Variety:
“The Girl Before” follows Jane (Mbatha-Raw), who moves into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways but, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities.
Mbatha-Raw, who is also serving as associate producer on the project, said:
“I’m so excited to work with this amazing team on such a compelling story in my debut role as actor/producer.”
“This story is mind bending in its clever construction and intricacy. I can’t wait to see it, let alone be in it. Plus, I’d go anywhere to work with my friend Gugu again.”
The pair are working together for a third time after co-starring in the 2018 film The Cloverfield Paradox, and in the 2020 film Come Away. Both are great actors, and it will be great to see them again in this interesting short series.