Apple’s metaphysical thriller “Shining Girls,” based on the 2013 best-selling Lauren Beukes novel of the same name, has finally found its directors. The trio is made up of Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren (“Breaking Bad”), Emmy and SAG Award winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”), and Emmy nominee Daina Reid (“The Handmaid’s Tale). Moss will also be starring in the show, which hails from MRC Television, and Beukes is attached to executive produce.
The eight-parter will be adapted for the small screen and executive produced by showrunner Silka Luisa (“The Wilding,” “To the Bone”). MacLaren will direct the first two episodes of the first season, Moss will direct two episodes and Reid will direct four.
“Shining Girls” follows Kirby (Moss), a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker. The series also stars Wagner Moura (“Narcos”) as Dan, a veteran journalist breaking the widening story of a copycat attack. Jamie Bell (“Rocketman) plays Harper, a mysterious loner with a surprising connection to Kirby.
“Shining Girls” is executive produced by Moss through her Love & Squalor Pictures banner, alongside Lindsey McManus. MacLaren executive produces through MacLaren Entertainment alongside producing partner Rebecca Hobbs. Leonardo DiCaprio serves as executive producer through Appian Way alongside Jennifer Davisson and Michael Hampton. Reid and Alan Page Arriaga will also executive produce.
Moss is repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment Group, Independent Talent Group (UK), Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, The Spotlight Company; McLaren is repped by ICM Partners and law firm Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher; Reid is repped by ICM Partners and RGM Artists in Australia.