Netflix greenlit Anatomy of a Scandal in 2020, an anthology series from the creator of HBO’s Big Little Lies David E. Kelley, and former House of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson. Netflix will release the first season based on Sarah Vaughan's 2017 novel. Every season will explore a large-scale scandal in the public sphere. Here’s what we know so far.
In May 2020, Netflix released the first press release announcing the series. The series comes from 3dot Productions who are also currently working on a U.S. Women’s Soccer documentary.
Netflix has previously explored anthology series, with Black Mirror currently on hold and The Haunting of Hill House (and Bly Manor) due to release in October.
S.J. is attached to this project. Clarkson, who directed episodes for HBO’s Succession and the unaired Game of Thrones pilot and Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black. Clarkson received a nomination for the Gold Derby Award.
Netflix announced Anatomy of a Scandal would be available on Netflix starting Friday, April 15, 2022.
We’re still waiting for Netflix to release a teaser or an official trailer.
Sarah Vaughan's original novel from 2017 tells of the tale of two women, and one man who are caught in an ugly public scandal. James is a Westminster politician of high rank. However, his wife Sophie claims he's innocent. Kate, the barrister who is prosecuting the case is certain that James is guilty of rape and will pay the penalty. This court case is not perfect and this complicates matters for all. This drama focuses on the topic of marriage and is set in a very turbulent setting.
Deadline confirmed that Anatomy of a Scandal's main leads have been named in September 2020. BAFTA nominee and Golden Globes nominee Sienna Miller is best known for her performances in American Sniper, and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra will play Sophie Whitehouse, “Oxford graduate, a wife and a mother of two whose perfectly charmed life is about to implode.”
James Whitehouse's wife Sophie is Sophie. James will be played by Rupert Friend who recieved multiple awards nominations for his role of Peter Quinn in Showtime’s Homeland. James is described as “an ambitious and charismatic junior minister who has always shared his wife’s good fortune—until now.”
Primetime Emmy Awards nominee Michelle Dockery, who is 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 barrister specializing in prosecuting sexual crimes who’s risen quickly in her field, and just got handed the case of a lifetime.”
Recapped recently reported that Aladdin's star Naomi Scott was offered the role as Olivia, the young girl who James allegedly sexually assaulted. Recapped were the first to report about Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery long before they were officially confirmed, so we are certain it’s only a matter of time until Naomi Scott is confirmed as well.
Six one-hour episodes will be included in the first season of Anatomy of a Scandal.
The production of Anatomy of s Scandal was completed as of February 5, 2022. It is currently awaiting its release.
The series was filmed at Shepperton Studios in the UK on October 26, 2020. Originally, filming was planned to last for 20 weeks and was scheduled to end by April 2021, however, the series didn’t enter post-production until October 2021.
That’s all we know so far, we’ll keep this preview updated as and when we learn more.