Friday, February 2, 2024

AppleTV+ Orders 8 Episodes of Drama 'Margo's Got Money Troubles' Starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman

AppleTV+ has today given a series order to the original drama series Margo's Got Money Troubles starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman. The first season will produce eight episodes.

Based on the forthcoming book by Rufi Thorpe, Margo Millet (Fanning) is 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?

David E. Kelley developed the drama. He will executive produce with Kidman, Fanning, Thorpe, Dakota Fanning, Matthew Tinker, Checka Propper, Brittany Kahan Ward and Per Saari. A24, David E. Kelley Productions, Lewellen Pictures and Blossom Films will produce.

This marks the fourth collaboration between Kelley and Kidman. They previously worked as writer and star, respectively in HBO's Big Little Lies, HBO's The Undoing and Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers. For the first season of Big Little Lies, Kelley won an Emmy Award for producing and Kidman took two Emmy Awards for acting and producing.

The drama also serves as the first television series Dakota and Elle Fanning are producing together. Dakota is not expected to have an onscreen role. Meanwhile, Elle recently starred for three seasons in Hulu's The Great - receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2022 for her performance.