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New Netflix Crime Thriller Series Unbelievable Is Inspired By True Events

New Netflix Crime Thriller Series Unbelievable Is Inspired By True Events

There's a new series arriving on Netflix soon. Based on real events, it's called Unbelievable and it stars Kaitlyn Dever in the role of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted - but no one believes she is telling the truth. You can watch the trailer below:

Based on the The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article 'An Unbelievable Story Of Rape', written by T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, the show follows the plight of Marie Adler - played by Dever.

Adler, according to Netflix, was 'a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped' and the series will centre around her and "'the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth'.

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The eight-part series sees Toni Collette play Detective Grace Rasmussen and Merritt Wever play the role of Detective Karen Duva, and was written by American screenwriter and director Susannah Grant - best known as the writer of Erin Brockovich, the 2000 biographical film starring Julia Roberts.

Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall. Credit: Netflix
Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall. Credit: Netflix

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Unbelievable will be available on Netflix from 13 September and looks to be a harrowing portrayal of a very harrowing time. That it's so gripping comes as little surprise, given that it was produced by Grant along with some true heavyweights of the literary, news and entertainment world - including acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon and his novelist wife Ayelet Waldman, as well as famed American news anchor Katie Couric.

Netflix is no stranger to making series based on real-life events - Making A Murderer, The Family and The Great Hack are all incredibly dramatic and compelling shows.

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Want to know more? Here's a quick ***SPOILER ALERT*** in case you don't...

All good? Ok then. Although Marie gives in to the pressure and admits she was lying, all is not as it seems - and despite her admission that she fabricated the story of the rape, a pair of detectives hundreds of miles away meet while investigating a similar pair of intruder rapes and begin to suspect that Marie wasn't lying after all.

It goes without saying that, as well as making for tense viewing, the series brings up the larger and more prevalent issue of victims not being believed when sexual assault crimes are reported.

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Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

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