Lizzy Caplan is moving on from Misery to boiling bunnies in the Paramount+ series adaptation of Fatal Attraction reports Deadline. Previously, Paramount+ made a script-to-series commitment in February for the modern iteration of the 1987 psychosexual thriller that helped make Glenn Close a household name. The project has since gained momentum under the new Paramount+ Content Chief Officer David Nevins, who previously cast Caplan in Masters of Sex.
In the movie version, Close played the leading role of Alex, a woman who becomes obsessed with a man after having a brief affair with him. Michael Douglas played the man, Dan, in the movie. Caplan will play Alex, and the male role is currently being cast.
Fatal Attraction will explore themes of marriage and infidelity while also taking an introspective look at coercive control and strong women through a modern lens informed by social attitudes toward the female gender. The script is written by Alexandra Cunningham (Dirty John) from a story she co-wrote with Kevin J. Hynes.
Earlier this week, Nevins told Deadline, “There’s a very timeless appeal to the themes of fidelity and infidelity, why good people make very dumb, problematic choices, and just marriage and family against those themes of fidelity and infidelity. I think the writers have come up with a very smart way to make it very contemporary while also honoring the original. How it’s done for today and how it’s turned into a series is interesting, and it’s interesting for Lizzy’s part in particular.”
What is Lizzy Caplan doing now?
Caplan has done quite a few horror and thriller projects in recent years, including playing Annie Wilkes in the second season of the Stephen King Hulu series Castle Rock. Her version of the story served as a prequel to the iconic story told by King’s novel Misery. Formerly the role of Annie was played by Kathy Bates in the acclaimed film of the same name.
The Mean Girls actress also starred in the first season of the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told alongside Octavia Spencer and is currently lending her voice to the Netflix animated series Inside Job. She’s also filming the horror movie Cobweb, where she stars opposite Anthony Starr.
Before that, Caplan was well-known for her roles in projects like Masters of Sex, which garnered her several accolades and critical acclaim. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Virginia Johnson.