Between this Netflix miniseries Unbelievable -- plus new movies like Booksmart and Them That Follow -- it's no wonder busy Kaitlyn Dever cut back to recurring status for Fox's Last Man Standing Season 7. The 22-year-old actress plays rape victim Marie in Unbelievable, which also stars Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as detectives trying to catch a serial rapist. The eight-episode series premieres September 13, 2019 on Netflix. Unbelievable was inspired by real events, when a teen reported and eventually recanted her reported rape, while two detectives, states away, investigated evidence that could reveal the truth. Check out the trailer:
Based on the trailer, it looks like Unbelievable will be as much about Toni Collette's Det. Edna Hendershot and Merritt Wever's Det. Stacy Galbraith as Kaitlyn Dever's Marie. That's good news to me, since you can never have enough Toni Collette or Merritt Wever. Their Emmy award-winning star power should also help bring in more viewers.
According to Netflix, Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode, “Anatomy of Doubt." Episodes were directed by Oscar nominees Susannah Grant (who also serves as showrunner) and Lisa Cholodenko.
It's another major showcase role for Kaitlyn Dever, who had a main role as Eve Baxter on the first six seasons of Last Man Standing. She returned for a recurring role in Season 7 on Fox, with Eve coming home on leave from the Air Force Academy.
Last Man Standing is returning for Season 8 on Fox, but it's not clear how much of a role Kaitlyn Dever's popular Eve Baxter will play. Fox is holding the Tim Allen comedy until midseason 2020, and moving it to Thursdays since WWE's Smackdown Live will be taking over the Friday slot.
Kaitlyn Dever is on a hot streak of roles, including playing Lauren in Beautiful Boy; and playing Andrea Hart, daughter of Hugh Jackman's Gary Hart, in The Front Runner. After those 2018 roles, she's had a strong 2019 so far with the co-lead in the critically acclaimed Olivia Wilde comedy Booksmart. And she co-stars with Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, and Walton Goggins in the thriller Them That Follow, which is scheduled for release on August 2.
Unbelievable will be streaming on Netflix (opens in new tab) starting Friday, September 13. Last Man Standing returns to Fox in midseason 2020; stay tuned for an exact release date.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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