“The Girl Before” is not a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller from 1958, but it hangs on the film’s elements of psychological obsession with women and repeated motifs between them. As one voice in this trailer points out, there are some who “play out the same psychodrama with new players assigned the same role.” Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by JP Delaney, “The Girl Before” has been adapted by Delaney and recent co-author Marissa Lestradem (author of the 2022 environmental thriller series “The Swarm”) into a four-episode series for the BBC One and HBO Max. The series was already released in the UK in December, but will be streamed on HBO Max in February.
The girl before the trailer
“The Girl Before” seems to be hanging around the house despite Jane’s arrival. The smart house goes down on the creepy checklist: the stove turns on by itself, bizarre light shows, ominous messages scribbled on the walls. It’s not a spoiler (this author has neither seen the series nor read the book yet) to observe that stories of this kind often reveal a former occupant using the house to either warn the current one or to drive them out. We know that the last person who lived in the smart house (maybe a little too smart) died suddenly, and Jane is eventually motivated to dig into the history of the place and those who lived in its walls. What are the motivations behind the deceased girl before?
“The Girl Before” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy in recurring roles with Ian Conningham, Amanda Drew, Mark Stanley, Rakhee Thakrar, Ben Addis and Natasha Atherton. Delaney’s manager produces the adaptation alongside Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Ben Irving and Lisa Brühlmann. The series is backed by the UK-based 42, the production company that brought Netflix’s 2020 sports series “The English Game”. The next on the 42’s board is “Silent Twins,” about extraordinary twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, who is directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (“The Lure”) and stars Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance.
Synopsis according to HBO Max:
“The Girl Before” tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by the architect (David Oyelowo) – the only catch is that the residents have to abide by his list over rules. When Jane makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she begins to question whether her fate will be the same as the girl before …
“The Girl Before” airs on HBO Max on February 10, 2022.
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