This has all the makings of your next favourite TV show. Amy Adams is stepping into the small screen for the first time tonight in this new HBO drama 'Sharp Objects'.
Kicking off at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, this series could not sound more promising and here's why.
1. The cast
Well Amy Adams, need we say more? The five-time Oscar nominated star (just let her win already) is one of the best actors working today and moves with ease between comedy and drama. This is undoubtedly one of her most hard-hitting roles to date, playing the part of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
'Sharp Objects' also stars Sophia Lillis ('It') as a young Amy Adams (she couldn't look any more like her if she tried) as well as Patricia Clarkson as Camille's mother Adora, Elizabeth Perkins as neighbour Jackie, Chris Messina as Detective Richard Willis, and Henry Czerny as Alan Crellin, Adora’s husband. The show also introduces Eliza Scanlen, who plays Camille’s rebellious 13-year-old half-sister, Amity '"Amma" Crellin.
2. The crew
An incredible behind-the-scenes production has made this show one of the most anticipated of the year. First off, it's based on a book by best-selling author Gillian Flynn, who also wrote 'Gone Girl', while it's from the director of 'Big Little Lies' (Jean-Marc Vallée) and the producers of 'Get Out' (Blumhouse Productions). Also serving on the team as an executive producer is Marti Noxon, whose many credits include being a former showrunner on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'.
3. The music
As with 'Big Little Lies', the soundtrack of 'Sharp Objects takes centre stage at times with the opening episode featuring everything from Engelbert Humperdinck to Led Zeppelin. The music serves as a way of understanding the characters more while also perfectly encapsulating the emotion of a moment. This is a soundtrack you will most definitely want to download after watching.
4. The reviews
The reviews so far have been very positive stateside with Indiewire saying: "Amy Adams is straight fire in HBO’s exquisite slow-burn of a horror show."
Rolling Stone says: "Amy Adams is riveting in a miniseries that’s dark as night and as easy to get lost in."
While The Hollywood Reporter says: "HBO's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel boasts an Emmy-ready performance by Amy Adams and savvy, confident direction from Jean-Marc Vallee."
You can catch our review on site tomorrow too.
5. It's summer and you need something to watch that's not 'Love Island'
There's more to TV than analysing Georgia's kiss with Jack on 'Love Island' (although we have, more times that we care to admit) and with the fantastic 'Handmaid's Tale' finishing up this week, you're going to need a new show to sink your teeth into.
You know it must be good when - as with 'Game of Thrones' - Sky Atlantic is simulcasting every episode with HBO on Sunday night/Monday morning - going out at 2am Irish time. If you don't fancy staying up that late, you can catch it again on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Monday's, kicking off tonight.