HBO Max, BBC to Co-Produce 'The Girl Before' Limited Series

Gugu Mbatha-Raw David Oyelowo
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo

Based on J.P. Delaney's global best-seller, the four-part psychological thriller stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo.

HBO Max, the BBC and 42 are heading to One Folgate Street.

The three companies will co-produce an adaptation of J.P. Delaney's global best-selling psychological thriller The Girl Before.

Created, written and executive produced by Delaney, the four-part limited series will star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo in the lead roles of Jane and Edward. Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve, Servant) is directing with Marissa Lestrade (White Stork, Deep State 2) co-writing episodes of the series.

The Girl Before, which has sold over 1 million copies since it was published in 2016, tells the story of Jane (Mbatha-Raw), a woman who gets the chance to live in a beautiful, minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect Edward (Oyelowo). However, all new tenants of One Folgate Street must abide by the exacting house rules that includes no books, no photos and no clutter. Jane feels the house is changing her and things come to ahead when she discovers the fate of her predecessor Emma and the unnerving similarities in their lives.

Said Delaney: "Having written for the screen in a previous career, it’s long been a dream of mine to adapt The Girl Before, but I was determined to only do it if I could find partners who wanted to pursue high-quality, classy storytelling above all else. You really couldn’t get a more quality-focused line-up than 42, the BBC and HBO Max – and we’ve already attracted world-class talent in the shape of Lisa, Gugu and David. Psychological thrillers can be even more gripping on television than they would be as movies, and I’m incredibly excited to be re-telling this particular story in a visual medium. It’s also been great fun to collaborate on episodes two and three with a brilliant co-writer, Marissa Lestrade.”

The series will stream on HBO Max in the U.S. and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K., with WarnerMedia also controlling rights for additional select territories around the world.

Executive producers on the project include Eleanor Moran and Rory Aitken for 42, Ben Irving for the BBC and Brühlmann. Rhonda Smith will produce and Mbatha-Raw an associate producer.

ITV Studios is handling international distribution and also brokered the co-commission deal with HBO Max.