Netflix’s Unbelievable adds Danielle Macdonald to cast


The limited series ‘Unbelievable’ has cast Danielle Macdonald in an unspecified role, Deadline reports.

Macdonald is best known for her starring role in the indie film Patti Cake$. The movie was a Sundance Film Festival darling and catapulting Macdonald to stardom.

Macdonald will star opposite previously announced cast members Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie), and Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing).

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The story is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2015 article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, as well as an episode of the radio show This American Life entitled “Anatomy of Doubt.” It is the true story of a teenager named Marie who lies about being raped and the two detectives who discover the truth.

While Collette and Wever will take on the roles of the two detectives, Dever’s role, like Macdonald’s, has yet to be announced.

Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) will be the showrunner of the eight-episode series. She will also co-write the show along with Michael Chabon (John Carter) and Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum). The trio will executive produce along with Sarah Timberman (Elementary), Carl Beverly (Masters of Sex), and Katie Couric.

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Macdonald has taken her success with Patti Cake$ and run with it. She will next star with Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin’ and with Sandra Bullock in Bird Box.

Given its stellar cast and interesting subject matter, Unbelievable is shaping up to be another prestige drama for Netflix. The series could be yet another award contender, increasing Netflix’s high-profile even more, and bringing further acclaim to Macdonald and the other well-regarded actors in the cast.

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