Elisabeth Moss also executive produces and stars in the upcoming Apple TV+ series. The eight-episode season will be divided among the directors.
Apple TV+’s upcoming series, The Shining Girls, has recruited Elisabeth Moss, Michelle MacLaren and Daina Reid to direct the series in rotation. The science-fiction thriller series is based on Lauren Beukes’ best-selling novel of the same name. The novel was published in 2013 and won the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel.
Deadline confirms Moss, MacLaren and Reid will make up The Shining Girls’ all-female directorial team. The eight episodes in season 1 will be divided amongst the three women. MacLaren will direct the first two episodes, Moss will take on the third and fourth episode and Reid will work on the last four episodes. Moss also serves as an executive producer and lead actor in the show, playing a reporter based in Chicago named Kirby Mazrachi. Kirby pivots from pursuing more success in her career after she escapes death and tries to hunt down her killer.
The Shining Girls follows a serial killer in Chicago during the 1930s. After discovering a mysterious time-traveling device, he realizes that in order to use it, he must murder young women but not just any women – shining girls. However, when one of his victims survives, his travels are derailed as she seeks revenge against him.
In addition to the all-female directing team, the series is helmed by showrunner, Silka Luisa. It is refreshing and important to see a story involving female victims handled by a predominantly female team. Past films have mistaken female victims as weak, but victims like the one in this story, often have plenty of strength. With Moss’ experience starring in The Handmaid’s Tale, she seems like the perfect fit for this role in The Shining Girls.
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