HBO has released the first trailer the upcoming series My Brilliant Friend, based on the Elena Ferrante novel of the same name.
The first of four books, My Brilliant Friend follows Elena and her friend Lila as they search for adventure and rebel against the oppressive culture of their poor town in 1950s Naples. Each book getting its own eight-part series.
Directed by Saverio Costanzo, the series will include a cast of more than 150 actors and 5,000 extras.
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 will be directed by Saverio Costanzo. Story and screenplays by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. Jennifer Schuur is the executive producer. FremantleMedia International will act as the international distributor.’