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Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins BBC adaptation of 'The Girl Before'

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in a four-part television adaptation of novel The Girl Before. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in a four-part television adaptation of novel "The Girl Before." File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in a four-part BBC adaptation of author J.P. Delaney's best-selling novel, The Girl Before.

Mbatha-Raw will headline the show as Jane, a woman who falls in love with a minimalist house designed by a enigmatic architect. Jane then discovers that Emma, the previous tenant, died inside the residence.

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Delaney is overseeing the BBC One series, with Lisa Bruhlmann (Killing Eve) directing. Marissa Lestrade (Casualty, Deep State) is co-writing the script.

U.K. production studio 42 (The English Game) is behind the adaptation with ITV Studios handling international distribution.

Production is set to begin later this year.

Mbatha-Raw is also set to star in Surface for Apple TV+, an eight-part series created by Veronica West, which hails from Apple Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine production company. Mbatha-Raw and Witherspoon starred together in Apple's The Morning Show.

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