PLAYDATE: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW DISNEY THRILLER
Disney+ announced the cast of upcoming five-part thriller, “Playdate” (w/t), produced by Quay Street Productions and Brightstar.
The series stars Denise Gough, Holliday Grainger, Ambika Mod, Jim Sturgess, Bronagh Waugh, and Michael Workeye . The series is adapted by Catherine Moulton (Hijack) from Alex Dahl’s best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Eva Husson (Mothering Sunday).
A seemingly ordinary decision turns the world of Elisa, mum to two young kids, upside down in this tense thriller. When her 9-year-old daughter Lucia excitedly asks to go on an overnight playdate with her new best friend Josie, Elisa agrees.
After meeting Josie’s mother, Rebecca, she’s put at ease by her charming nature and their impressive house. But when she says goodnight to her daughter, she has no idea that she is about to be thrust into every parent’s worst nightmare.
The next day, when Elisa goes to pick up Lucia, she discovers that the beautiful house was a holiday rental. Lucia is missing. Rebecca and Josie have vanished. What started out as her daughter’s first sleepover has turned into an abduction.
As an urgent manhunt unfolds across Europe, Elisa and her husband Fred find themselves the object of police and public scrutiny. Elisa’s perfect family begins to unravel under the pressure, and long-buried secrets come to light. Rebecca took Lucia for a reason. And as viewers learn more about the tangled lives of these women we will wonder if Rebecca was justified in kidnapping the little girl – and whether she might be better off staying hidden.
Johanna Devereaux, VP of Scripted Content for Disney+ EMEA, commented “Playdate” is a brilliantly twisty thriller with a terrifying, instantly relatable hook. We are very proud to be working with celebrated producers Nicola Shindler, Tanya Seghatchian, and John Woodward, visionary director Eva Husson, and rising star writer Catherine Moulton on this must-see thriller.”
Production has commenced this summer in the UK and France.