To say Shonda Rhimes has found some success is like saying Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won some awards. With Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, How to Get Away With Murder and Station 19 under her belt, it’s safe to say she’s had a decent run as a producer and showrunner. And it’s only getting better.
Rhimes is currently working on her new drama series Bridgerton, but it’s a different project that now has her rounding up a stellar cast of actresses. Inventing Anna is based on the true story of Anna Delvey, a.k.a. the Socialite Scammer whose real name is Anna Sorokin. Inspired by a New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, the series will chronicle how Sorokin pretended to be a German heiress and conned her way through the New York social scene. And Variety is reporting that Shonda has finally found the perfect actress to play Anna: Julia Garner.
The newly minted Emmy winner from Ozark seems to be tailor-made for the Delvey project, having wowed audiences and critics with her powerful performance as the formidable Ruth Langmore in the Netflix drama. Joining Garner will be Veep star (and six-time Emmy nominee) Anna Chlumsky as the reporter determined to get the dirt on Delvey. Julia Garner vs. Anna Chlumsky? Are you kidding us, Shonda?? We don’t know if our hearts can handle it.
Also joining the cast is Laverne Cox, who we all know and love as Sophia from Orange is the New Black. Cox will take on the role of Kacy Duke, a trainer and lifestyle coach who is close to Delvey — but not close enough to get into any real trouble.
The show also reunites Rhimes with Scandal actress Katie Lowes, who played nice girl-turned-killer Quinn. She is set to play Rachel in the new series, who falls hook, line and sinker for all of Anna’s cons. But while her biggest regret is her relationship with Anna, Variety reports it’s the woman Anna turns her into that “may be Anna’s greatest creation.” Dun-dun-duuuuun.
Finally, Alexis Floyd, best known to audiences as Tia from The Bold Type, will play Neff, a hotel concierge trying to make it as a filmmaker. She may be charmed by Anna like everyone else, but unlike many, she won’t be easily taken advantage of.
The 10-episode limited series, created and written by Rhimes, is one of eight projects Shondaland has in development at Netflix. Rhimes and the streaming service inked a nine-figure production deal in 2018.
A premiere date for Inventing Anna is still being determined. But it’s all coming together.