DeWanda Wise joins Shailene Woodley in Showtime’s series Three Women. 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, Maggie, and Lina who are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives.
Wise will portray Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage with Richard (yet to be cast) until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie (not cast yet), a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. And also not cast is the role of Lina, a suburban homemaker who starts an affair that becomes all-consuming, and Maggie
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.
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.
Wise’s credits include Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It series and Fatherhood, Underground, The Twilight Zone, Shots Fired and The Mentalist. Up next, Wise plays a leading role in Jurassic World: Dominion, which is set for release in the summer of 2022.