The Shonda Rhimes-produced Bridgerton was a smash hit for Netflix at the tail end of 2020. The series is slated for at least a four-season run. It was announced during the TUDUM even that season 2 will premiere in 2022.
The period drama series, however, isn’t the only Shondaland production looking to make a splash on Netflix. Inventing Anna, the dramatized adaptation of real-life con-woman Anna Delvey, is set to take its bow soon with Rhimes picking up her pen to spin the tale.
The 10-episode drama inspired by Jessica Pressler’s New Yorker article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People,” will take viewers into the monied world of the New York City social scene and the mind of a woman who took them for all they’re worth.
Inventing Anna is a limited series that delves into the lives of the rich and famous while also capitalizing on the kind of obsession that can bloom between a reporter and their subject. It’s a decadent drama with a side of intrigue.
Here’s what we know about the series and its impeding arrival on Netflix.
Inventing Anna release date
Inventing Anna premieres Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
Inventing Anna cast
Ozark star Julia Garner plays Anna Delvey, the so-called German heiress who picked clean the pockets of her peers while only in her mid-20s. The public can’t decide whether she’s brilliant or conniving, but they find common ground in the fact that they’re obsessed with her story even if it’s left a mark on more than one person who trusted her.
Anna Chlumsky plays Vivian, a reporter whose career is starting to flag. All she needs is the right story to get it back on track, and she thinks she’s found that in Anna Delvey. But the more she learns about Anna, the more she grows attached to the woman who scammed her way into the upper echelons of New York City society.
Katie Lowes plays Rachel, a woman who is broken by Anna’s manipulation and then rebuilt into an entirely new person. She counts her relationship with Anna as her deepest regret. It did, after all, nearly destroy Rachel’s life, cost her her job, and ruined her credit. But, Anna did turn her into someone she wouldn’t have ever become without her.
Laverne Cox plays Kacy Duke, a celebrity trainer and life coach who manages to sidestep the storm Anna’s created despite nearly falling prey to her plotting. It’s Kacy’s maturity and sense of self that keeps her grounded. They’re two traits she’ll find she’ll need to help others in her work as a coach in the wake of Anna’s crimes coming to light.
Alexis Floyd plays Neff, a hotel concierge whose true dream lies in filmmaking. A New Yorker through and through, Neff knows the city and its people as well as she knows herself. It’s what’s draped her in style and confidence, shaping her into the person she is full of passion and loyal to those who deserve it. Initially, Anna is one of those people until Neff begins to catch wise to the games Anna plays.
Anders Holm plays Jack, Vivian’s husband whose in sync rhythm with his wife is thrown off by her growing obsession with Anna.
Arian Moayed plays Todd, Anna’s lawyer who comes from a working-class background. Anna’s case his chance to gain the respect of his peers.
Anna Deavere Smith played Maud, who is used to being the only woman in the room in her field, she’s particularly irritated about being sidelined by the boys club at her magazine who are too young to remember her contributions to journalism and her brilliance.
Jeff Perry plays Lou, the unofficial king of Scriberia aka a group of older writers who have been put out to pasture by their magazine but not fired because their names carry too much weight to let them go.
Terry Kinney plays Barry, a war correspondent who puts himself out to pasture in Scriberia because there’s no war to cover and he refuses to dip his pen in the well of pop culture.
Jennifer Esposito plays Talia Mallay, a lifestyle brand owner whose social game exceeds even the best in her field. It’s a talent and a skill that’s made her famous.
Netflix announced the cast on social media.
Inventing Anna plot synopsis
We shared the plot synopsis for Inventing Anna, per Deadline:
Written by Rhimes, in Inventing Anna, a journalist (Chlumsky) with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey (Garner), 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?
Inventing Anna trailer
Watch the trailer for the upcoming series below: