Do you know that feeling when you are on a house hunt and you discover what seems to be the perfect place? It just clicks and then you decide to ignore all the red flags because the dream house will definitely compensate for its disadvantages. Well, you saw, like Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the new HBO Max miniseries The girl beforehave probably learned cruel lessons about real estate. The story follows a girl who finds an ultra-minimalist and incredibly modern house, but to rent it she has to accept a list of strange demands from its architect owner. To get viewers hyped for the weird, HBO Max has released a trailer for the series.
Jane (Mbatha-Raw) discovers that Edward (David oyelowo), the architect who designed the house, interviews all possible tenants in person. He reveals that the house has an impressive AI software – a “household system” – that collects data from everyone who lives in it to improve everyday life, allegedly. Jane discovers that she has a strange connection to former occupants of the house, and to find out that that connection may endanger her life.
The trailer reveals a luxury home that is hard not to fall for, with large spaces and bright spaces and a minimalist decor that would make Marie Kondo extremely proud. The girl before in the title refers to the discovery that Edward may be obsessed with Jane look-alikes, but what happened to the previous tenants … we’ll have to look to find out.
First announced back in March 2021, The girl before is based on the author’s worldwide best-selling novel JP Delaneywhich has sold over a million copies since its release in 2016. Delaney himself edited the book with Marissa Lestrade (Deep State, Injured), who is helping to write the miniseries. Emmy nominated Lisa Brühlman (Serving, To kill Eve) instructs and executes produces. Apart from Mbatha-Raw and Oyelowo, the cast is also involved Jessica Plummer, Ben Hardy, Rakhee Thakrar, Amanda Drew, and Ian Conningham.
HBO Max premieres in all episodes of The girl before February 10th. Watch the new trailer below:
And check out the series’ official synopsis here:
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 of 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 limited series is written by JP Delaney, author of the best-selling book.
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