Shining Girls
Created bySilka Luisa
Based onThe Shining Girls
by Lauren Beukes
Written bySilka Luisa
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Original networkApple TV+

Shining Girls is an upcoming American thriller television series based on The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. The series is set to star Elisabeth Moss and Wagner Moura, and be released on Apple TV+.



In May 2013, ahead of the novel's release, Media Rights Capital and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions acquired the rights to develop Lauren Beukes's The Shining Girls for television.[1]

In July 2020, Apple gave a series order for Shining Girls, with Elisabeth Moss announced to star. The adaptation was created and written by Silka Luisa, who will also executive produce and serve as showrunner. Moss and Lindsey McManus will executive produce under Moss's Love & Squalor Pictures. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will executive produce under Appian Way Productions. The novel's author, Lauren Beukes, and Alan Page Arriaga will also executive produce.[2] In February 2021, Wagner Moura joined the cast, with Jamie Bell joining in May 2021, and Phillipa Soo joining in July 2021.[3][4][5] In August 2021, Amy Brenneman joined the cast of the series in a recurring role.[6]

In May 2021, it was reported that Elisabeth Moss, Michelle MacLaren, and Daina Reid would be directing the first season, with MacLaren set to direct the first two episodes, Moss set to direct another two episodes, and Reid set to direct the remaining four.[7]

Principal photography began on May 24, 2021, and concluded on October 27, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.[8]


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  2. ^ Petski, Denise (July 23, 2020). "Elisabeth Moss To Star In & EP Apple's 'Shining Girls' Thriller Series; Leonardo DiCaprio To Exec Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2021). "'Shining Girls': Wagner Moura To Star In Apple's Thriller Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2021). "Jamie Bell Joins Elisabeth Moss in Apple's 'Shining Girls'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Cordero, Rosy (July 22, 2021). "Phillipa Soo Joins Elisabeth Moss In Apple's 'Shining Girl' Thriller Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (August 23, 2021). "'Shining Girls': Amy Brenneman Joins Elisabeth Moss In Apple's Thriller Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (May 24, 2021). "'Shining Girls': Elisabeth Moss, Michelle MacLaren & Daina Reid To Direct Apple Thriller Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  8. ^ "Film and TV Projects Going Into Production - Shining Girls". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on April 10, 2021. Retrieved April 10, 2021.