Everything about her is true, except the parts that aren’t. Netflix revealed the first look images on the upcoming limited series Inventing Anna. Based on true events, Julia Garner is starring as Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin), a famously convicted scammer who pretended to be a wealthy heiress between 2013 and 2017 in order to defraud and steal money from banks, hotels, and the people who thought she’s their friend.
Delvey was arrested in 2017 and charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, larceny in the second degree, and theft of services. She was sentenced in 2019 to 4 to 12 years in prison. She was released earlier this year for good behavior, but soon after she was taken into the custody of ICE for overstaying her visa, where she remained ever since, awaiting deportation to Germany.
Inventing Anna is based on The New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler. Netflix and Shondaland acquired the rights for the adaptation, and Julia Garner was cast as Delvey. The series will focus on a journalist Vivian, played by Anna Clumsky, who will try to find an answer to only one question: Who is Anna Delvey?
The official synopsis of the series:
Written by Rhimes, in Inventing Anna, a journalist (Chlumsky) with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey (Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey?
Julia Garner visited Delvey at Rikers Island Prison to prepare for the role, and one thing that Delvey was famous for is that she was refusing to show up in court in a prison jumpsuit, so she hired a fashion designer to dress her up for every court appearance. If she wasn’t cuffed, people would think she confused the court for a fashion show.
The series will premiere next year. The correct date and a trailer are still TBA, but we can check out the first look images down below: