Showtime has tapped Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) to star in an upcoming series adaptation of the nonfiction book by Lisa Taddeo (Animal: A Novel), entitled Three Women, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book, published in 2019, follows the emotional and sexual lives of three different women from different regions in the United States.
The trio of women includes Lina, a woman from Indiana who is stuck in a passionless marriage who begins taking part in an affair; Sloane, a woman from the Northeast who works as an entrepreneur and participates in a seemingly successful open marriage with her husband; and Maggie, a North Dakota student who alleges her married English professor of having an inappropriate relationship. Woodley will play a writer named Gia, who is still recovering from the loss of her family and eventually persuades each woman to tell her story. The author of Three Women spent years documenting and observing the three women who were punished for their sexual desires.
“Shailene Woodley is an undeniable powerhouse who never fails to give an unflinchingly honest performance,” Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming, Amy Israel, said. “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 [showrunner] 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,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
Woodley is most well-known for her roles in the 2014 hit film Divergent, the 2019 film in which she starred alongside Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and the 2017 television series Big Little Lies, in which she acted alongside Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show) and Nicole Kidman (The Undoing). Other members of the cast have not yet been announced.