Elle Fanning will play Michelle Carter in a new show based on the texting suicide case

"The Girl From Plainville" will air on Hulu.

Elle Fanning (left) will play Michelle Carter (right) in "The Girl from Plainville" on Hulu. IFC Films; AP Photo/Charles Krupa

An upcoming Hulu series based on the Michelle Carter texting suicide case that sparked worldwide attention has its star.

Hulu announced Friday that Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “Maleficent”) will play Carter in “The Girl From Plainville,” a series produced by Universal Content Productions that was first announced in 2019. Based on an Esquire article by Jesse Barron of the same name, “The Girl From Plainville” will explore Carter’s relationship with her then-boyfriend Conrad Roy III, the events that led to Roy’s July 2014 suicide, and Carter’s subsequent involuntary manslaughter trial.

Prior to his death, Carter sent Roy dozens of text messages encouraging him to kill himself. In 2017, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in prison. In January, she was released from prison more than three months early for good behavior.


“The Girl from Plainville” marks the second time the texting suicide case has been adapted for the screen: In 2019, HBO released “I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter,” a documentary film directed by Erin Lee Carr that featured courtroom footage from Carter’s trial. Both Carr and Barron will serve as consulting producers on the Hulu series, which will be co-written by Liz Hannah (“The Post”) and Patrick Macmanus (“Marco Polo”), who will serve as co-showrunners.

The show will be a return to Hulu for Fanning, who currently plays the lead role of Catherine the Great in “The Great,” a comedy-drama series loosely based on the aristocrat’s rise to power as the longest-serving empress in Russian history. Prior to that, Fanning featured in “20th Century Women” and “Live by Night,” the Ben Affleck crime drama adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name.

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