Blair Underwood is set to star opposite DeWanda Wise, Shailene Woodley, and Betty Gilpen in Showtime’s series Three Women. Additionally, Austin Stowell and Lola Kirke have also been cast in a recurring role in the upcoming drama is based on Lisa Taddeo’s non-fiction bestselling book of the same name.
Taddeo is adapting her book into an hour-long series which is described as an intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire and follows three women, Sloane (Wise), Maggie, and Lina (Gilpen) who are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives.
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Wise’s Sloane is a glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage with Richard (Underwood) until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Underwood will play Richard, a popular island chef who is blindsided when Sloane begins a hidden sexual relationship with another man. Kirke will portray Jenny, a sparkling, free spirit – and possibly the only woman Sloane has ever gotten close to.
Maggie is a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship.
Gilpen’s Lina, a suburban homemaker who starts an affair that becomes all-consuming, and transforms her life. Stowell will appear in the recurring role of Aidan, the “Indiana James Dean” for whom Lina is ready to upend her whole life.
Woodley is cast as Gia, a grieving writer who persuades Sloane, Lina and Maggie to tell her their stories, which then changes her life forever. Gia’s storyline echoes Taddeo’s journey with Three Women, her debut nonfiction book. It took her a decade to research, report and write it, with Taddeo often moving to the towns of her subjects to achieve complete authenticity. The book was published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster.
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Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo, showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum. Louise Friedberg, who is also executive producing, will direct the first two episodes.
Principal photography is set to begin in the fall.
Underwood will next be seen in the psychological thriller film Viral, where he also serves as director and producer, the upcoming TV series Love Life and the recently announced pilot for L.A. Law, where he’s set to executive produce and reprise his original starring role.