The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on Netflix: Everything we know so far

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Taylor Jenkins Reid attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Prime Video's "Daisy Jones & The Six" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 23, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Taylor Jenkins Reid attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Prime Video's "Daisy Jones & The Six" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 23, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /

Netflix is constantly adapting famous works and turning them into series or movies. While some turn out to be successful, others fail to stick the landing. One highly anticipated film adaptation that everyone’s waiting on is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Back in March 2022, the streaming giant announced it would be adapting the New York Times bestselling novel into a feature film, but since then, there haven’t been many updates. So does this mean The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo isn’t still a go at Netflix?

As far as we know, the film adaptation hasn’t been scrapped by Netflix, but it makes sense why this might be many people’s concerns. Typically, when there haven’t been updates on a project in a long time, it could mean it’s no longer happening. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with this project at the moment. The filmmaking process is just moving slowly.

But although this might be saddening news to learn, we’re choosing to keep ourselves busy while we continue to wait for new updates. In fact, we’ve assembled all the information we know so far about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’s film adaptation to create a guide to share with anyone who wants to be kept up to date. We’ll constantly update this space with new information as it’s announced, so make sure to keep tabs on this page.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo latest news

Here’s the latest on the upcoming movie:

  • According to Deadline, American film director Leslye Headland, best known for co-creating the Netflix comedy-drama Russian Doll and creating the upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte, has signed on to direct The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Will The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo be a film or series?

As we mentioned above, Netflix is adapting the critically acclaimed novel into a film. However, many fans of the book have expressed their concerns about the streaming giant choosing to turn the novel into a movie instead of a show.

The format of the novel starts with an introduction and is then divided into seven parts, with each part centering around each of Evelyn’s husbands. Then, it ends with a conclusion. With this format, many book fans believe a series adaptation would work better than a film adaptation. Specifically, a miniseries. But unfortunately for fans, Netflix is still looking to turn this book into a movie. However, since it seems like the project is still in development, the streaming giant may change its mind. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo about?

It’s unclear how closely the film will follow the book, but we decided to share what the book is about anyway.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 historical fiction novel written by American author Taylor Jenkins Reid. It centers around the fictional iconic Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at the age of 79, decides to give a final interview to an unknown magazine reporter named Monique Grant. In the interview, Evelyn recounts the details of her life, including how she made her way to Los Angeles in the ’50s, her decision to leave showbiz in the ’80s, and her romantic endeavors along the way.

Leslye Headland is set to direct with Reid and Margaret Chernin executive producing, while Liz Tigelaar has signed on to write the screenplay. Additionally, Liza Chasin is producing for 3dot Productions along with Brad Mendelsohn for Circle of Confusion.

Is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo filming?

As of July 2023, principal photography has not started on the film just yet. This isn’t surprising since it’s still in development.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo cast: Who could be in the movie?

As we mentioned earlier, not much is known about the upcoming film, and that includes who’s in the cast. However, fans of the book have taken it upon themselves and dream cast who they want to see take on the roles.

Actors such as Sofia Vergara, Diane Guerrero, Ana de Armas, and Eiza González are just some of the fans’ top picks to portray the protagonist Evelyn Hugo. Jessica Chastain, who recently starred in Netflix’s The Good Nurse, was also brought into the conversation and has been dream cast to play Celia St. James, another important character in the novel. In fact, Chastain has even expressed interest in playing the character.

Back in February 2023, author Taylor Jenkins Reid talked about casting for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in an interview with Associated Press.

Later, Reid spoke with Entertainment Tonight at the Daisy Jones & The Six premiere and talked about the current casting process for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She said she has “a lot of opinions” about it and is doing her best “to make sure we get the perfect person.” She continues and says, “We’re in development on it and we want to make sure that it’s as good as this one is [Daisy Jones & The Six].”

It’s important to mention that nobody has been officially cast in the upcoming movie as of July 2023. Once casting details are made known, we’ll let you know right away.

Is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo based on a true story?

Taylor Jenkins Reid spoke with PopSugar and discussed the true stories that inspired her book. Reid said Evelyn Hugo is loosely based on several real-life actresses such as Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rita Hayworth.

Gardner’s decision to hire a ghostwriter and reveal all her secrets to him is what Reid decided to use in her book with Evelyn selecting a journalist to give a tell-all of her life. Evelyn is also inspired by Elizabeth Taylor when it comes to her being married several times. Lastly, this is what Reid had to say about Rita Hayworth inspiring Evelyn’s story below.

"Also, Rita Hayworth is a really big inspiration because she was Spanish, and she came to Hollywood and she was getting roles that weren’t leading roles the way that she wanted. So she changed her name, and she became Rita Hayworth. She went red, she curled up her hairline [to look like] a white woman. She also had that famous line, “Men go to bed with Gilda but wake up with me.” Those two things I thought could really inform Evelyn’s life, given Evelyn is Cuban and she has that same decision to make. Does she want to be seen as a Latina woman? Or does she want to be a leading woman?"

Could The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo arrive on Netflix in 2023?

The chances of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo coming out in 2023 is slim to none. As we mentioned earlier, it seems the film is still in the development stage, so it’s far from being finished. No actors have been cast and production hasn’t even started. And we can’t forget that once filming wraps up, a lengthy post-production process will likely occur. So, we think the earliest we could possibly see this film is sometime in 2024. Once production kicks off, we should have a better idea of when the movie could come out.

Stay tuned to Netflix Life for more news and coverage on the adaptation of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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