Margaret Qualley to Play Amanda Knox in Hulu Series

Margaret Qualley to Play Amanda Knox in Hulu Series

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Margaret Qualley will be playing the role of Amanda Knox in a new, as-yet-untitled limited series to air on Hulu. According to the official synopsis, the series will be “based on the true story of how Knox was wrongfully convicted for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher and her 16-year odyssey to set herself free.” Produced by Knox herself, the series will consist of eight episodes, each an hour long.

Knox, an American foreign-exchange student, had spent four years in an Italian prison after she and her then-boyfriend were convicted for the murder of Kercher, her roommate in Perugia. After exoneration and a second conviction, they were finally set free by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015. She wrote about her ordeal in her memoir Waiting To Be Heard.

Monica Lewinsky, the Clinton-era White House intern, is listed as one of the executive producers of the upcoming series, along with her colleagues from Knox Robinson Productions and personnel from The Littlefield Company. Also executive-producing will be the screenwriter, KJ Steinberg, known for her work on This Is Us, Mistresses, and Gossip Girl. 20th Television will serve as the studio of choice.

In 2011, Lifetime presented a film entitled Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Knox criticized the producers of the 2021 film Stillwater for supposedly appropriating her story; it starred Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, and Camille Cottin.

Appearing on the Today show in October, Lewinsky hinted about the Knox project in an interview about an anti-bullying campaign. She was quoted as saying: “I wish it were announced already, but I’m executive producing a limited series that’s on another young woman who found her life decimated and ripped apart on the world stage, but she somehow managed to survive. I think it’s going to be really powerful.”

Qualley had earlier starred in Maid, a Netflix series based on a memoir by Stephanie Land. That performance earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and an Emmy. She’d previously been nominated for a limited-series best-supporting-actress Emmy for portraying Ann Reinking in FX’s Fosse/Verdon. The versatile actress also appeared on The Leftovers show and in the films Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Nice Guys.

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