‘Sweetbitter’ Casts Their Leading Lady and It’s Someone You May Recognize

We’ve learned from Outlander that Starz knows how to adapt a book. They take everything into consideration and make sure that what you are walking away with is not only something that will satisfy book fans, but will also make those fans show fans.

So we have the utmost faith when Starz announces that they are doing an adaptation. Earlier is was announced that they will be adapting, Sweetbitter, which is based on Stephanie Danler’s best-selling 2016 book of the same name.

“Sweetbitter” follows 22-year-old Tess who, shortly after arriving in New York City, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. This is the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, conjuring a nonstop and high-adrenaline world evoking the possibility, beauty, and fragility of being young and adrift.

We now have our leading lady. British actress Ella Purnell, who you may recognize from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has been cast as Tess. But that’s not the only good news about the series, Emmy winner, Richard Shepard, has joined as executive producer and will direct the premiere episode.

“Ella’s portfolio of work and the array of her characters and performances in her young career are truly remarkable. We are excited for fans of the book and audiences to meet Tess,” said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik. “We are also excited by Richard’s vision to bring the book’s richly written sensory experiences from the page to the screen.”

We’re excited to see Ella come to our TV screens.

Have you read Sweetbitter? Are you excited for the adaptation?


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