This series was initially announced via a Netflix press release following in May 2020. However, this series originates from 3 dot Productions, currently operating on a U.S. Women’s Soccer documentary. Besides, Netflix has experimented with anthology series before, with the most well-known ones being The Haunting of Hill House (and Bly Manor due out in October) and Black Mirror (currently on hold). Moreover, being attached to the plan is director S.J. Clarkson, who directed the episodes for HBO’s Succession and the unaired Game of Thrones pilot, Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Hence, Clarkson was earlier nominated for a Gold Derby Award for the following.
What is this series about?
The first 2017 novel by Sarah Vaughan reveals the narrative of two women and one man caught up in a very nasty public scandal. James, a high-ranking Westminster politician, is accused of rape, but his wife Sophie thinks he is innocent. However, Kate is the advocate prosecuting the case, and she is convinced James is guilty and must compensate for his crime. Besides, not everything is glass clear in this court case, and that obscures things for everyone. The whole plot gears such things as marriage in a notably intense situation and tense courtroom drama.
The Deadline has formally affirmed the foremost leads for Anatomy of a Scandal in September 2020. Golden Globes and BAFTA nominee Sienna Miller, who is best known for her roles in American Sniper and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, will now be playing Sophie Whitehouse, “Oxford graduate, a wife and also a mother of two whose flawlessly enchanted life are about to implode.”
Certainly, Sophie is the wife of James Whitehouse. However, James will be performed by Rupert Friend, who earned multiple awards nominations for his role of Peter Quinn in Showtime’s Homeland. James is depicted as “an arduous and charismatic junior minister who has always given his wife’s good luck—until now.”
Most importantly, Primetime Emmy Awards nominee Michelle Dockery, who is well known for her roles in such series as ITV’s Downton Abbey and Netflix’s Godless, has been cast as Kate Woodcroft, “the steely criminal lawyer specializing in contesting sexual crimes who’s grown quickly in her field, and just got given the case of a lifetime.”
More freshly, Recapped stated that Aladdin star Naomi Scott had been suggested the role of Olivia, the young woman allegedly sexually assaulted by James. However, Recapped was the first to report about Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery long before they were formally confirmed, so we are sure it’s only a matter of time until Naomi Scott is affirmed as well.
Anatomy of a Scandal: Production Status
Production for Anatomy of a Scandal commenced on October 26, 2020, at Shepperton Studios, UK. Filming is projected to last for 20 weeks and wind around April 2021.
How many episodes does Anatomy of a Scandal have?
The primary season of Anatomy of a Scandal will have six one-hour episodes.
When will it be released on Netflix?
Based on this series’ production schedule, its episode calculation, and the production complexity (no heavy-budget VFX needed), we all can expect Anatomy of a Scandal will release on Netflix in Fall 2021.
That’s all we know so far; we’ll keep this research updated as and when we discover more.