Margo’s Got Money Troubles, a hot series package that will star Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, has landed at Apple TV+ with a straight-to-series order.
Fanning, who is the lead, and Kidman will both exec produce the eight-part series, which is set in the world of OnlyFans with a wrestling twist, alongside David E. Kelley and Dakota Fanning with A24 as the studio.
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Deadline understands that the streamer outbid a number of other companies, including Netflix, for the rights to the series, which is based on Rufi Thorpe’s upcoming book.
Elle Fanning is set to star as Margo Millet, the child of a Hooters waitress and an ex-pro wrestler, who has always known she’d have to make it on her own. So she enrolls at her local junior college, even though she can’t imagine how she’ll ever make a living. She’s still figuring things out and never planned to have an affair with her English professor—and while the affair is brief, it isn’t brief enough to keep her from getting pregnant. Despite everyone’s advice, she decides to keep the baby, mostly out of naiveté and a yearning for something bigger.
Now, at twenty, Margo is alone with an infant, unemployed, and on the verge of eviction. She needs a cash infusion—fast. When her estranged father, Jinx, shows up on her doorstep and asks to move in with her, she agrees in exchange for help with childcare. Then Margo begins to form a plan: she’ll start an OnlyFans as an experiment, and soon finds herself adapting some of Jinx’s advice from the world of wrestling. Like how to craft a compelling character and make your audience fall in love with you. Before she knows it, she’s turned it into a runaway success. Could this be the answer to all of Margo’s problems, or does internet fame come with too high a price?
Kelley, who is working with Apple on the upcoming Presumed Innocent series remake, will serve as showrunner. It will be produced by Beef and Euphoria producer A24, Elle and Dakota Fanning’s Lewellen Pictures, David E. Kelley Productions and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films with the Fannings, Kelley, Kidman, Thorpe, Matthew Tinker, Checka Propper, Brittany Kahan Ward and Per Saari exec producing.
The book is being published by HarperCollins imprint William Morrow on June 11.
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