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Shailene Woodley Led ‘Three Women’ Series Is an Immersive Look at Female Sexuality

STARZ announced the premiere date for its limited event series Three Women. The intimate, haunting portrayal of female desire based on the instant #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name from literary sensation Lisa Taddeo will premiere Friday, September 13 at midnight on the STARZ app. On linear, it will debut on STARZ at 10:00 PM ET/PT in the U.S.  Newly released imagery showcases each of the women whose stories are explored in this riveting drama.

Released in 2019, the novel is a vexed, nearly decade-long investigation into the sex lives and desires of three American women: Maggie, a North Dakota teenager in a clandestine relationship with her English teacher; Lina, a married homemaker in Indiana having an affair with her high school boyfriend; and lovely, aloof Sloane, from Newport, R.I., whose husband likes watching her with other men.

Taddeo spent “thousands of hours” with the women, crisscrossing the country six times, moving to their towns for years on end. She even tailed Lina on assignations with her married lover: “After they left, I would go to exactly where they’d been to take in the scenery and the smells and the sounds.”

Described by the NY Times as, “an immersive look at a particular story of female sexuality, albeit refracted three ways. It’s florid and sometimes inexcusably clumsy but also bracing, bleak and full of nagging questions about why it remains so difficult for some women to access their secret lives, to name — let alone pursue — their desires.”

The series stars Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies,” The Descendants), Betty Gilpin (“Gaslit,” “GLOW”), DeWanda Wise (“She’s Gotta Have It,” Jurassic World: Dominion), Gabrielle Creevy (“In My Skin,” “The Pact”), Blair Underwood (“In Treatment,” “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” “Your Honor”), Jason Ralph (“The Magicians,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and John Patrick Amedori (“Dear White People,” She Won’t Forget).

Struggling to discover a topic she feels passionate enough to write about, Gia (Woodley) takes a trip across the country. While dealing with unexpected events in her personal life, Gia crosses paths with three women, each unheard and misunderstood, and feels pulled to share their true stories and desires in a space free of judgment.

Sloane, a gorgeous and massively successful entrepreneur in the Northeast, seemingly has it all with an equally successful husband, Richard (Underwood), and beautiful daughter. In a committed open marriage with Richard (Underwood), everything changes when two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story, making it hard to pin down where Sloane’s desires truly lie.

The titular series finds three women on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Lina (Gilpin), a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard (Underwood), until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. Maggie (Gabrielle Creevy), a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever. 

Laura Eason (“The Loudest Voice,” “House of Cards”) is the series showrunner, and “Three Women” author Taddeo serves as Creator and Executive Producer. Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum also serve as Executive Producers. 

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