Fans of Dirty John have been anxiously waiting for any piece of news about the new Bravo series based on the popular true-crime podcast from Los Angeles reporter Christopher Goffard, and now they are in luck because the network has released a sneak peek. Connie Britton and Eric Bana will star in the series that will feature love, hate, lies, fear, hope, and family.
The Daily Dish reports that Britton will play Debra Newell — an interior designer and single mother — who falls for John Meehan, AKA “Dirty John,” played by Bana. Both actors will also serve as executive producers on the project that will also star Jean Smart as Newell’s mother, and Julia Garner and Juno Temple as Newell’s daughters.
Earlier this year, Bravo ordered two seasons of the scripted show that examines Newell and Meehan’s romantic relationship that turned into a dark tale of manipulation, denial, and secrets. Meehan is a handsome charmer who sweeps Newell off her feet but then ends up pulling her into a web of lies.
The first season will focus on Newell and Meehan’s story, while season two will be a different, self-contained story that the network has yet to give details about.
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Chance co-creator Alexandra Cunningham is writing the series, and Jake Abel and David Barrera will also have recurring roles. Abel will play Newell’s only son, and Barrera will play Palmer, one of Newell’s colleagues with a good sense of humor. Other cast members include Kevin Zegers, Keiko Agena, John Karna, Sprague Grayden, and Cliff Chamberlain.
Bravo announced earlier this week that production has officially begun on the series, and they are shooting on the Universal Studios lot and in the Greater Los Angeles area. Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Reiner will be directing the first four episodes, and he will also be an executive producer.
During the recent NBCUniversal Upfront in New York, Bana said that Dirty John will be the talk of television when it premieres.
.@EricBana67 on getting in the mindset of “Dirty" John Meehan for Bravo’s #DirtyJohn: "It's a really dangerous way to think. When you inhabit this space you can feel the ease of manipulation" https://t.co/8tIK27BZEU
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 8, 2018
“I just thought the material was potentially very exciting and complicated. I think it’s a very challenging storyline for viewers. It brings up a lot of issues,” Bana said.
He added that Britton being attached to the project helped draw him to the role and made the decision easier. However, the podcast fascinated him, and he thought the story would make interesting television. Bana says he is looking forward to sinking his teeth into the character, and the process of adapting a podcast into a TV series has already been a “completely different” experience.
Dirty John will premiere on Bravo later this year.