Netflix has a new high-profile thriller in the works, starring Mila Kunis and being produced by her. Filming for Luckiest Girl Alive, an adaptation of Jessica Knoll's best-selling novel, has recently ended. Luckiest Girl Alive is confirmed to arrive in 2022 and here’s what we know so far.
Netflix’s Luckiest Girl Alive will be directed by Mike Barker who is known for directing and executive producing on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and who is also directing for the much-anticipated upcoming Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Barker has also been a part of such shows as Fargo and Outlander.
Bruna Papandrea, Jeanne Snow (Made Up Stories) and Erik Feig (Picturestart), will produce the film. Papandrea was actually attached to adapt Luckiest Girl Alive before the book's release in 2015. This isn’t the only Made Up Stories project for Netflix as two of their projects are currently in production: Anatomy of a Scandal and Pieces of Her.
Luckiest Girl Alive, as mentioned earlier is an adaptation by Jessica Knoll of her best-selling novel. It was published in 2015. Since then, the thriller has sold over one million copies. It has also been translated into 38 languages.
Knoll talks about her experiences with sexual abuse in an interview. Knoll also reveals how writing has helped her heal this wound.
Here is the official logline for Netflix’s Luckiest Girl Alive from Deadline:
Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past. As her wedding draws near, a documentary producer invites Ani to speak about the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School. Determined once and for all to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame, Ani must weigh her options carefully, when telling the whole truth could destroy the picture-perfect life she’s worked so hard to create.
Netflix provided a first glimpse as part of the 2022 slate unveil. Unfortunately, there was only one frame from 1:49-1:50.
Mila Kunis, the actress who was confirmed to be the main cast for Luckiest Girl Alive when we reported it in March 2021. Since then, the cast has expanded to include all confirmed members of Luckiest Girl Alive.
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|TBA||Mila Kunis||Black Swan | Family Guy | Jupiter Ascending|
|TBA||Connie Britton||America Ultron | Nashville | This Is Where I Leave You|
|TBA||Chiara Aureli||Cruel Summer | Tell Me Your Secrets | Gerald’s Game|
|TBA||Jennifer Beals||Flashdance | The Book of Eli | The Bride|
|TBA||Justine Lupe||Succession | Mr. Mercedes | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel|
|TBA||Scoot McNairy||Argo | Monsters | 12 Years a Slave|
|TBA||Finn Wittrock||American Horror Story | Unbroken | The Big Short|
|TBA||Thomas Barbusca||The Mick | One Day at a Time | Preacher|
|TBA||Dalmar Abuzeid||Pompeii | Degrassi The Next Generation | Anne with an E|
|TBA||Carson MacCormac||Shazam! | Thinly Veiled | Riot Girls|
|Olivia Kaplan||Nicole Huff||Tiny Pretty Things | Diggstown | Private Eyes|
Although the film was in pre-production at June 2021 it began filming in New York City a month later on July 14, 2021. It took only a month to complete principal photography. As of August 14, Luckiest Girl Alive was in post-production.
For an outdoor party scene, filming took place also in Toronto.
As part of Netflix’s unveiling of their 2022 movie slate, Luckiest Girl Alive was listed among the movies.
Given its production schedule, we’re guessing the movie could be added to Netflix as soon as Spring 2022 but right now, we’re still waiting for an exact date.
We’ll keep this preview updated over time as and when we learn more on Luckiest Girl Alive.