Inventing Anna: First Look At Netflix True Crime Starring Julia Garner As Anna Delvey
Julia Garner, who is taking on the lead role as the convicted fraudster (real name Anna Sorokin), was pictured this week filming for the highly anticipated show, in a variety of fabulous outfits and carrying an armful of designer shopping bags around the Big Apple.
The stranger-than-fiction story - about a Russian-born con artist who traversed New York posting as a German heiress and swindling hotels and socialites out of thousands - is true.
Born in a small town near Moscow, Sorokina moved to New York in 2013 and assumed the identity of Anna Delvy, a so-called wealthy German heiress sitting on a €60 million fortune.
In the years that followed, Sorokina assimilated herself into the New York social scene, conning them out of thousands as she went.
Under the pretence she was an heiress, she'd stay in trendy hotels with newfound acquaintances, eat at award-winning restaurants, and regularly visit spas and salons.
Sorokina was caught up with by police and arrested in 2017.
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In 2019, she was convicted of multiple counts of attempted grand larceny, theft of services, and larceny in the second degree. She was sentenced to between four and 12 years for her crimes.
In total, Sorokina - who came to be known as the Soho Grifter - is thought to have scammed friends and New York businesses out of $275,000 (£220,000).
Currently serving time at Albion Correctional Facility in Albion, New York, Sorokina told the New York Times from prison: "I'd be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything," and that she'd do it all again.
Julia Garner is probably best known for her role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix series Ozark alongside Jason Bateman. In 2019, Garner won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The series also stars Anna Chlumsky (Veep) as 'Vivian', Katie Lowes (Scandal) as 'Rachel', Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) as Kacy Duke', Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) as 'Neff', Arian Moayed (Succession) as 'Todd'.
Also starring is Anders Holm (Workaholics) as 'Jack', Anna Deavere Smith (For The People, Notes From The Field, Nurse Jackie) as 'Maud', Jeff Perry (Grey's Anatomy, Dirty John, Scandal) as 'Lou' and Terry Kinney (Billions) as 'Barry'.
Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, who also created one of our favourite shows, Scandal and produced How To Get Away With Murder is show running, while the series is being directed by The Devil Wears Prada's David Frankel.
We cannot wait.
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