‘The Girl From Plainville’: Release Date, Plot, and Everything Else You Need to Know

Hulu has already released quite a few shows based on true crime stories. This week they will continue that trend with The Girl From Plainville. The series will follow the shocking true story of Michelle Carter, who via text encouraged an 18-year-old boy named Conrad Roy III to take his own life. After Roy’s death, Carter’s actions led to an unprecedented trial and conviction. Here’s everything you need to know about the new series.

Joseph Cataldo (Michael Mosley) and Michelle Carter (Elle Fanning) in The Girl from Plainville. Michelle sits in court.
Joseph Cataldo (Michael Mosley) and Michelle Carter (Elle Fanning) in ‘The Girl from Plainville’ | Steve Dietl/Hulu

Who stars in the Hulu series?

The Girl from Plainville stars Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter. The 23-year-old actor is known for her starring role as Catherine in the Hulu original series The Great. Fanning shocked fans by how similar she looks to her character in promo photos for The Girl from Plainville. “She looks just like Michelle Carter holy s***,” one Reddit user wrote.

Colton Ryan joins the cast as Conrad Roy III. Ryan portrayed Connor Murphy in the film version of Dear Evan Hansen. Other notable cast members to watch out for include Chloë Sevigny and Robert Leo Butz, who portray Roy’s grieving parents. Finally, Cara Buono and Kai Lennox round out the cast as the parents of Michelle Carter.

‘The Girl from Plainville’ plot and trailer

The Girl from Plainville follows the true story of Michelle Carter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter involving the suicide of Conrad Roy III in 2014. According to Entertainment Tonight, Carter and Roy met while vacationing in Florida.

Afterward, the two maintained a relationship primarily through text messages over the next two years. Although Carter lived in Plainville, MA, and Roy lived in Mattapoisett only about an hour’s drive away, the pair only met up in person a handful of times.

Roy and Carter had both struggled with mental health problems throughout their lives. The former in fact had attempted suicide multiple times before his eventual death. In the subsequent investigation, authorities found texts from Carter encouraging Roy to end his life.

However, the texts also revealed that Carter had initially expressed distress over Roy’s suicidal thoughts and encouraged him to seek help. Still, Carter was tried and eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter in an unprecedented case. The Girl from Plainville takes its inspiration heavily from a 2017 Esquire article of the same name.

How to watch ‘The Girl from Plainville’

The first three episodes of The Girl from Plainville drop on Hulu on March 29. After that, Hulu will release one episode per week every Tuesday. The series will consist of eight episodes in total, with the final episode scheduled for May 3. The first three episodes of The Girl from Plainville are titled “Star-Crossed Lovers and Things Like That,” “Turtle,” and “Never Have I Ever.”

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.

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