Shining Girls: An Inside Look At The Upcoming Documentary Series

If you're searching for your next compelling thriller series to binge-watch, mark your calendar for Shining Girls, which will debut on Apple TV+ on April 29.

In this film adaptation of Lauren Beukes' best-selling novel of the same name from 2013, the story of newspaper archivist Kirby Mizrachi is told as she is forced to come to terms with a violent assault she suffered to assist police in identifying and apprehending the attacker before he strikes again.

Shining Girls
Shining Girls

Having experienced the attack, Kirby has found herself living in a continuously changing, quicksand reality in which she is unsure of what is real and what is not. After all, memories may be altered and re-edited, especially when trauma is involved. Consider Netflix's You, except this time it's told from the perspective of a female victim of a violent crime.

Shining Girls is a metaphysical and mind-bending watch propelled by the particularly intense and consistently consistent performance of Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss as Kirby and the brilliant adaptation from book to screen by showrunner Silka Luisa. She is also the show's creator.

With only eight episodes, it's the ideal series to get you hooked on something new.

When Be Will Shining Girls Released?

Shining Girls
Shining Girls

Shining Girls will be released in theatres worldwide on Friday, April 29, 2022.

The first season of the show will include eight episodes, which will make up the first season. Three episodes will be released on April 29th, and a new episode will be released every Friday for the next five weeks after that day.

Shining Girls had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2022, with a part of the show being seen by members of the press and the general public.

Where Be Will Shining Girls Available to Watch?

‘Shining Girls' is an Apple Original series, and all eight episodes will be accessible exclusively on Apple TV+ starting today.


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Is There a Trailer for Shining Girls?

Yes, Apple TV+ has published an official trailer for the upcoming season of the service. The teaser provides us a taste of the show's intensity and unease and introduces us to the show's main protagonists.

Additionally, the video shows us how cinematography and scripting were employed to convey the novel's time-traveling and reality-shifting notions to the screen. The film shows us glimpses of Kirby (Elisabeth Moss) in many stages of her life, from her first encounters with her future assailant as a kid through her adulthood in a range of clothing and haircuts – all with Harper (Jamie Bell) lurking in the background.

Kirby faces the same dilemma when writing in her diary: Is it a dog or a cat? Can she rely on her recollections? Throughout the film, we observe her grapple with this question. With the help of Silka Luisa, the film's screenwriter, and the film's filmmakers and producers, it is apparent that the novel's time travel and shifting worlds have been visually transmitted to the audience.

If you'd want a sneak peek at the show before it premieres, Apple TV+ has also produced a teaser trailer. Additional photographs, videos, and information about the series may be found on the Shining Girl's official website on Apple TV+.

Who Is in the Cast for Shining Girls?

Shining Girls
Shining Girls

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale, Mad Men) is Kirby Mizrachi, the series' protagonist. The show's executive producer and two-episode director, Jessica Moss, appears to have worn several hats throughout production.

Narcos star Wagner Moura plays veteran newspaper reporter Dan Velazquez, who joins Kirby in investigating the murders. Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) portrays planetarium researcher and fellow victim Jin-Sook, while Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) plays Kirby's mother, Rachel. Jamie Bell (Jumper, Rocketman) plays the terrifying and omnipresent bad guy Harper Curtis (Jumper).

Silka Luisa, executive producer and showrunner of the series Shining Girls developed and wrote the show.

Both Michelle MacLaren (renowned for her work on Breaking Bad) and Daina Reid (known for her work on The Walking Dead) serve as co-directors alongside Moss. Both also serve as the show's executive producers.

In 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio's production firm, Appian Way Productions, and MRC Television acquired the rights to adapt The Shining Girls for television. Along with Alan Page Arriaga, the original author Lauren Beukes, the Luisa, as mentioned earlier, Moss, MacLaren, Reid, and Michael Hampton and Rebecca Hobbs, DiCaprio are listed as executive producers.

What Is the Plot of Shining Girls?

Shining Girls
Shining Girls

Shining Girls is based on Lauren Beukes' best-selling 2013 novel of the same name. The story revolves around newspaper archivist Kirby Mizrachi (Elisabeth Moss), who works for the Chicago Sun-Times in the 1990s.

Kirby had aspirations of becoming a journalist in the past, but she had to put her plans on hold after becoming the victim of a brutal and horrific attack. When she was assaulted, Kirby's memory was damaged by the trauma, and she is unsure of what is real and what is her fantasy.

In Kirby's view, reality and time alter constantly, and things don't always go as planned. Kirby meticulously records the happenings of each day in her diary to ensure that she is living following the facts of her life.

Kirby and seasoned reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura) join forces to investigate a new murder similar to her assault. As they explore more into the case, they discover that there are other unsolved cold cases involving the same assailant and that the assailant may still be actively stalking and killing women to this day.

Kirby and Dan discover more about the assailant Harper Curtis (Jamie Bell), as their inquiry progresses. He appears to be in many locations at the same time. He maintains one step ahead of them at all times, and his purpose for killing the “shining girls,” i.e., intelligent young ladies who have a lot of promise, becomes clear to them via their research.

To crack the case, Kirby must dig through her hazy recollections, confront the attack and trauma she has had and continues to endure, and connect with Dan and other prospective victims to piece together the missing parts and arrest the assassin.

The ever-shifting components of Kirby's everyday existence – does she have a cat or a dog? – represent this mind- and time-bending paradigm. How would you describe this person? Is this the actual world, or are we in a different place? To the end, Shining Girls will keep you wondering!