Is Inventing Anna on Netflix based on a true story?
Julia completely transforms into the lead role (Photo: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix)
While the Tinder Swindler may still be on everyone’s lips, Netflix is releasing a new series filled with inconvenience, deceit and riches that will captivate audiences as the release date of Inventing Anna, the story of… ‘Anna Delvey, arrives on the streaming platform.
Featuring Ozark actress Julia Garner and Veep star Anna Chlumsky in the cast, the trailer and reviews offer just a taste of the journey viewers will go on as they discover the riches that Anna – who has adopted the persona of a false heiress – accumulated in New York.
The story is told mostly through the eyes of a reporter, who is desperate to uncover every detail of the story surrounding Anna, whose real name is Anna Sorokin.
Each episode, new revelations emerge, as the characters determine whether or not they side with Anna or hope she goes to jail for her actions.
Here’s what you need to know about the Shonda Rhimes series.
Is Inventing Anna based on a true story?
As incredible as it may seem to anyone unaware of real-life events, Inventing Anna is based on a true story.
The real Anna Sorokin after her 2019 conviction (Photo: Timothy A Clary/AFP via Getty Images)
However, at the beginning of each episode, a disclaimer appears on screen stating, “This story is entirely true, except for all parts that are not.”
The story is based on the article written by journalist Jessica Pressler titled “Maybe she had so much money she lost track of it”, which was published in New York Magazine in 2018.
The article looked at the cons Anna pulled off, tricking banks, hotels and elite members of New York society into enjoying luxurious dining and vacations without spending a penny, while still being about to secure a multi-million dollar loan for its private members. club and art foundation.
Nora (Kate Burton) is one of Anna’s goof people on the show (Photo: David Giesbrecht/Netflix)
Eventually, she was arrested and convicted of multiple counts of attempted grand larceny, second degree larceny, and theft of services in connection with those offences.
Julia visited Anna at Rikers Island to prepare for the role in the Netflix series, with the actor saying the show’s subject matter was “really funny” and “hysterical”, as well as being “super sweet and sweet “.
Who’s in the cast?
Julia plays the title character, delivering a stellar impression of her unique accent and flippant attitude.
Anna Chlumsky, who ’90s kids might remember with nostalgia from My Girl, stars as Vivian Kent, inspired by journalist Jessica who wrote the actual story about Anna and serves as the show’s producer.
Vivian struggles to unravel the mystery, while heavily pregnant (Photo: David Giesbrecht/Netflix)
Scandal actress Katie Lowes plays Rachel, a woman who befriends and takes advantage of Anna, while Orange Is The New Black actor Laverne Cox plays Kacy Duke, their friend and personal trainer.
The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd stars as Neff, a hotel employee who forges a strong bond with Anna, while Spider-Man: No Way Home actor Arian Moayed plays Todd, the lawyer that the fraudster engages during his trial.
Anna builds a circle of friends around her (Picture: Courtesy of Netflix)
Other cast members include Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony Edwards, and Ray Strachan.
How many episodes are there?
There are nine episodes in total, with the entire season available to watch when the show launches on the streaming platform.
Inventing Anna arrives Friday, February 11 on Netflix.
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