To the world, Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose were a bubbly mother-daughter duo with a deep bond that saw them through incredible struggles, including the latter’s partial paralysis, intellectual disabilities, and leukemia. Their chipper attitudes and shining smiles made them media darlings, who were beloved by their community. But behind closed doors, secrets grew that would lead to a vicious murder. Their story will be explored in Hulu’s upcoming anthology series, The Act.
Following in the footsteps of American Crime Story, The Act will focus on one crime each season. The first will be based on Michelle Dean’s Buzzfeed article, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered.” Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette will stars as Dee Dee, while Joey King will tackle the role of the controversial Gypsy Rose.
EW has revealed the first look at this upcoming show along with the trailer below:
The Blanchard case is one that deals in duplicity, manipulation, Munchausen by proxy, cyber romance, and murder. There’s no question who killed Dee Dee. But who’s responsible is a muddier matter that’s been debated by true crime enthusiasts and the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. Among the Overlords, this teaser has caused some unease. There’s a concern that The Act will be less interested in making sense of the murkier details or placing this crime in the context of the society that fostered it than it may be a garish exploitation of one family’s pain and terrible tragedy. It’s too soon to say either way. But points in The Act’s favor is that Dean is not only a producer but also a writer for the show.
Dean told EW, “I’ve spent three years listening to people tell me how crazy they think the people at the heart of this story are, and they were never that crazy to me. They always seemed like human beings who had an emotional logic to what they did. Horrible things, but they did them out of truly human impulses. We made that into kind of a mission statement: We want people to understand the people behind the act.”
The Act premieres on Hulu March 20.
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