The Girl from Plainville: release date, cast, trailer and everything we know about the true-crime series

Michelle (Elle Fanning), David Carter (Kai Lennox) and Corrections Officer (Katie Hughey) in The Girl from Plainville
Michelle (Elle Fanning), David Carter (Kai Lennox) and Corrections Officer (Katie Hughey) in The Girl from Plainville (Image credit: Steve Dietl/Hulu)

Ripped from the news headlines comes The Girl from Plainville, a drama series about Michelle Carter’s groundbreaking court case surrounding the suicidal death of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.

In a casting win for the series creators Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus, Elle Fanning will be starring as Carter. The Maleficent actress bears quite a resemblance to the convicted felon, which ought to make The Girl from Plainville all the more intriguing when the series debuts this March. 

Here’s everything we know about The Girl from Plainville. 

The Girl from Plainville US release date

The Girl from Plainville premiered in the US on March 29, 2022, on Hulu. 

The Girl from Plainville UK release date

In the UK, the series makes its debut on Channel 4 on Wednesday, July 26, at 10 pm. 

What is The Girl from Plainville plot? 

Hulu describes The Girl from Plainville plot as the following: 

"The Girl From Plainville is inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented 'texting-suicide' case. Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter." 

To add more context to this, viewers should make note of the fact that the events of this story occur roughly between 2012 and 2017. The time frame of when Carter met Roy up until her criminal trial. Additionally, Carter has since served her time following the conviction. 

The Girl from Plainville cast 

Michelle (Elle Fanning) and Lynn Roy (Chloë Sevigny) in The Girl from Plainville

Elle Fanning and Chloë Sevigny in The Girl from Plainville (Image credit: Steve Diet/Hulu)

Once again, The Girl from Plainville stars Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter. Viewers will recognize Fanning from a number of different projects including The Great, Super 8 and of course the Maleficient films. This role was another occasion the actress got to work with series creator Liz Hannah (The Post, Longshot), as the two formerly worked together on the movie All the Bright Places

Joining Fanning on-screen is Golden Globe-winning actress Chloë Sevigny playing Lynn Roy, the mother of the deceased victim in the story. Sevigny’s known for her roles such as Boys Don’t Cry, American Horror Story and Bloodline

Rounding out the main cast of The Girl from Plainville are:  

  • Colton Ryan (Conrad “Coco” Roy III)
  • Cara Buono (Gail Carter)
  • Kai Lennox (David Carter)
  • Norbert Leo Butz (Conrad “Co” Roy II)

The Girl from Plainville trailer 

The trailer for The Girl from Plainville builds quite the anticipation for the series. While viewers won’t have questions about the what or the who with this true-crime drama, they will certainly be intrigued by the motives behind Michelle Carter’s actions.  

How to watch The Girl from Plainville

The Girl from Plainville is a Hulu Original series and can be streamed on the platform. Those interested in watching the show will need to have a subscription to the streaming service. Hulu currently offers an ad-supported subscription for $6.99/month and an ad-free subscription for $12.99/month. 

The Girl from Plainville airs in the UK on Channel 4. 

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Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.