Elizabeth Lail Set as Female Lead in Greg Berlanti's Lifetime Drama 'You'

Also joining the cast of the straight-to-series project are Zach Cherry and Luca Padovan.
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Elizabeth Lail

Lifetime's adaptation of Caroline Kepnes' You has found its female lead.

Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time, Dead of Summer) has landed the co-starring role in the straight-to-series drama from Greg Berlanti.

From writers and executive producers Berlanti and Sera Gamble (The Magicians), You is Kepnes' book and is described as a psychological thriller. The 10-episode drama is a 21st century love story that asks what you would do for love. When a brilliant bookstore manager, Joe (Penn Badgley), crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle — and person — in his way.

Lail will portray Beck, a kind and intelligent aspiring writer who meets Joe at the bookstore where he works and finds common ground with him as a fellow book lover. She has no idea about the surveillance that Joe has mounted, obsessively peering into every facet of her life. Lail is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic.

Also joining the cast are Zach Cherry (Crashing, Search Party) as Ethan, Joe’s big-hearted fellow clerk at the bookstore; and Luca Padovan (School of Rock) as Paco, one of Joe’s neighbors, who is a bright kid that is abused and neglected by his mother and her alcoholic boyfriend but finds a friend and champion in Joe. Cherry is repped by ICM Partners; Padovan is with Innovative Artists and L'il Angels Unlimited.

Berlanti and Gamble will pen the script and exec produce alongside Greg Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter and Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. The series is a co-production of Warner Horizon Scripted Television (with Berlanti under an overall with Warner Bros. Television), A+E Studios and Alloy.

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