True crime stories are all the rage these days, and one of the most intriguing lately is Plainville’s daughter featuring Elle Fanning. The series premieres later this month on March 29, and ahead of the release, Hulu has just released a new trailer that’s sure to get any true crime fan buzzing.
The series is inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter (Fanning), a young woman convicted of manslaughter for text messages between her and her partner, Conrad Roy III (colton ryan), before dying by suicide. The new trailer explores the morning of Conrad’s death, followed by the backstory of the tragic case, with audiences learning that Michelle lied about Conrad’s disappearance for three days, when in reality she had been in contact with him all the time. The sequence, which is intercut with scenes of Michelle and Conrad’s “romantic” relationship, expands on the texts Michelle left for her boyfriend before the night he died, encouraging him to harm himself.
We then get a glimpse of Conrad’s life with his mother Lynn (Chloe Sevigny), and the mysterious relationship between Michelle and Conrad, which their parents were unaware of, begins to unravel. Michelle’s life begins to spiral as a case is opened against her in connection with Conrad’s death, and it is revealed that the police obtained the thousands of text messages sent between her and Conrad in the days leading up to his death.
The final cut of the trailer only gets more emotionally intense, as we learn that it wasn’t Conrad’s first suicide attempt, that Michelle texted Conrad telling him to drink some water from bleach and that there is no law against assisted suicide in the state where they live. We then see a bunch of conflicting images and scenes depicting Michelle’s life with her boyfriend, including her and Conrad going to the ball and the two dancing happily in the street, all contrasting against the backdrop of the trial which created a previous and closed images.
There have been a lot of true crime adaptations lately, especially on television, but this particular series has a lot of genre fans intrigued to see how the series will tackle this extremely sensitive topic. Suicide has always been a difficult thing to portray on screen, and given that this true story is still fresh in many people’s minds, this crime story might rub some people the wrong way. The Hulu Original limited series is written and executive produced by co-showrunners Liz Hanna and Patrick Macmanuswith Fanning and Brittany Kahan district.
Plainville’s daughter premieres its first three episodes on Hulu on March 29. Check out the new trailer below:
Trust no one in this action-packed thriller.
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