“Inventing Anna”, Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland’s first Netflix project, now has a firm launch date for early next year. Shondaland’s next series is part of a multi-year arrangement she signed with Netflix in 2017, ending her 15-year relationship with ABC. “Inventing Anna” is based on the true story of Anna Delvey, whose real name is Anna Sorokin, who used charm to gain access to New York’s social elite, as reported in Jessica Pressler’s article for New York Magazine in May 2018. Rhimes knew she wanted to adapt Anna Delvey’s tale after reading the article, and it became her first Netflix acquisition. This series follows the popularity of Bridgerton, which Shondaland executive produced earlier this year.
Netflix has confirmed that “Inventing Anna” will launch in February 2022, according to Variety. No specific release date has been announced. There will be nine episodes in the limited series. The show’s production began in the fall of 2019 but was halted owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Filming resumed almost a year after the setback of being stopped off.
Netflix has published some first look photographs of Inventing Anna, which include Julia Garner (Ozark) as Anna Delvey. Anna Chlumsky (Veep) also appears in the series as Vivian, a reporter who is researching Anna and through whose eyes the story is recounted. Arin Moayed (Succession), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), and Anders Holm round out the cast (Workaholics). Katie Lowes (Scandal), Jeff Perry (Scandal), and Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy) are among the cast members of “Inventing Anna”.