My Brilliant Friend: Coming to FOX SHOWCASE

Tuesdays 8:30pm AEDT from November 20

The highly anticipated eight-part drama series based on Elena Ferrante’s internationally bestselling novel is coming to FOX SHOWCASE express from the US.

The epic Italian-language drama series will premiere in over 55 territories worldwide and is based on the first book in Ferrante’s four-part series of acclaimed novels tracing the friendship of two girls in post-war Naples.

The first two episodes which premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, received a 10 minute standing ovation and was praised by The Hollywood Reporter who claimed the series as “extraordinarily promising from the beginning.”

The drama includes a cast of more than 150 actors and 5,000 extras.

My Brilliant Friend tells the story of Elena Greco, an elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life, Raffaella ‘Lila’ Cerullo has disappeared without a trace.

A writer, immersed in a house full of books, Greco turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their tempestuous friendship, starting from the point when Elena met Lila in their first year of school in 1950.

Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, the story of Elena and Rafaella’s friendship goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives, as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and, in a way, also her best friend and worst enemy.

Casting for the series took place over a period of eight months, with over 8,000 children and 500 adults from Italy auditioning.

Newcomers Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti were chosen to portray the two lead roles of Elena and Lila as young children, before giving way to two teenage actors, Margherita Mazzucco (Elena) and Gaia Girace (Lila).

My Brilliant Friend is an HBO, Rai Fiction and TIMVISION series, produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and by Domenico Procacci for Fandango in co-production with Umedia Production.

All episodes are directed by Saverio Costanzo (Private, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Hungry Hearts). The story and screenplay is written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. Jennifer Schuur is the executive producer.