The Girl From Plainville is Inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case. Then 17-year-old Carter encouraged her boyfriend Carter Roy to kill himself in a series of text messages, later on used in the case to convict her. The 2014 case was the subject of a notable investigation and involuntary manslaughter trial, ending with Carter being sentenced to 15 months in jail.
The limited Hulu series, based on Esquire article of the same name written by Jesse Baron, explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy and the events that led to his death. In the trailer, we can see highlights of the series, filmed from Carter’s perspective – which leaves us wondering whether the series would try to find some justification for her actions or it simply wishes to offer an explanation, something real-life Carter never did.
Her defense team, however, tried to prove that Carter was mentally ill as well and that she thought that suicide is the right choice for Conrad, truly believing she is helping him do the right thing. The trailer looks as if the series could go into this direction and offer us insight into her mind and the horrible decision she had made.
Michelle Carter is played by Elle Fanning, most recently known for starring in the Netlix miniseries Great. The cast of Girl From Plainville also includes Colton Ryan as Conrad Roy, Chloë Sevigny, Norbert Leo Butz, Cara Buono, Kai Lennox, Peter Gerety, and Michael Mosley. The series is co-created by Liz Hannah, who was nominated for an Oscar as the screenwriter of 2017’s The Post, and Patrick Macmanus.
The series is set to premiere on March 29 with three episodes. Watch the trailer below: