Updated 24 March: X-Men: Apocalypse star Ben Hardy has been cast in BBC One and HBO Max’s upcoming psychological thriller The Girl Before.
Hardy, who previously starred the Amazon Prime thriller The Voyeurs, will play Simon, the boyfriend of the series’ main character, Jane.
According to Variety, who revealed the news, Simon “can’t quite believe he’s got a girlfriend like Emma” and will do “anything to keep her, but worries he’s not enough for her”.
The description continues: “[Seeing Emma] living in the minimalist haven of One Folgate Street, the creation of Edward Monkford, heightens his insecurities even more.”
Here’s everything else we know about the upcoming series.
From the spine-chilling revelations of Behind Her Eyes to the twists and turns of The Stranger, it’s hard not to find yourself hooked on all of the brilliant edge-of-your-seat moments the genre offers.
So, when we heard that the BBC was bringing a new psychological thriller to our screens – and that, like Behind Her Eyes and The Stranger, it was being adapted from a bestselling novel – it’s safe to say we were pretty excited about what’s to come.
Called The Girl Before, the series is based on the novel of the same name by JP Delaney, who will create, write and executive produce the series. Split into four-parts, the limited series will tell the story of Jane, who finds herself stuck in an unsettling dynamic with her landlord.
So, what can you expect from the BBC’s new series? Here are all the details you need to know.
What is The Girl Before about?
Because The Girl Before is based on a book, we already have a pretty good idea of the series’ plot.
As we’ve already mentioned, The Girl Before is based on the story of Jane, a woman who, while looking for a place to rent, stumbles upon the “rental opportunity of a lifetime” – she can move into a luxurious, ultra-minimalist house known as ‘One Folgate Street’, as long as she abides by a long list of exacting rules laid out by her landlord, an “enigmatic architect”.
However, things are more complicated than they first seem.
The official synopsis reads: “Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities.
“As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…”
Who stars in The Girl Before?
So far, just the two main roles have been cast.
Behind the scenes, Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve, Blue My Mind) will direct, and Marissa Lestrade will join the project as co-writer.
Speaking in a press release for the series, Brühlmann said she couldn’t wait to get started.
“Can our surroundings, like a special house, affect who we are, even change us?” she said. “The ability to change our beliefs and our character is highly fascinating to me. I can’t wait to bring this female-driven thriller to life.”
When and where will The Girl Before be available to watch?
The Girl Before will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and HBO Max in the US. However, we don’t yet have a release date for the series, so for now, we’ll have to wait for more details to be announced.
We’ll update this space with more information when we get it, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest updates.
As Stylist’s junior digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.