Julia Garner goes through the rise and fall of convicted fraudster Anna Delvery in the first photos released from Netflix‘s upcoming series Inventing Anna.
Garner, 27, is seen at the height of her manipulations and thievery in glamorous images from early episodes of the true-crime series, before she’s confined to wearing prison scrubs behind bars in the limited series’ final episodes.
The Ozark star’s new project is based on the The Cut‘s popular article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler, who brings her expertise to the show as an executive producer.
Picture perfect: Julia Garner, 27, looked glamorous in first-look photos from Netflix’s Inventing Anna, in which she plays the fake German heiress and fraudster Anna Delvey
Julia stunned in a photo from the show’s second episode showing her framed against the sea while in a figure-hugging red off-the-shoulder dress.
She had her straightened blonde locks covered with a colorful translucent scarf that fluttered in the breeze, and she carried a large tote back on her arm.
Julia looked equally elegant in an image from episode five in which she sported red-dyed hair to match the fake German heiress.
She relaxed in a comfy chair while wearing baggy brown tunic and sipping on a champagne flute.
New look: She looked like a blonde bombshell in one photo but had switched to Delvey’s recognizable red locks in another still
The advance images also showed Garner playing Delvey — born Anna Sorokin — after her deceptions became known.
She wore a black sleeveless dress but sported unkempt hair as she posed for a mug shot in one still taken from the series’ seventh episode.
A final photo from episode eight features Garner behind bars in tan prison scrubs as she chats with Veep star Anna Chlumsky, who plays a fictional journalist named Vivian Kent.
Inventing Anna also stars Jennifer Esposito, Anna Deavere Smith, Workaholics’ Anders Holm, and Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox.
The series, which arrives next year, is the first to be created by Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who is also writing it.
David Frankel, best known for directing The Devil Wears Prada, will be directing two episodes, including the premiere.
The ruse is up: The advance images also showed Garner playing Delvey — born Anna Sorokin — after her deceptions became known, including one still in which she’s photographed for a mug shot
Speaking out: A final photo from episode eight features Garner behind bars in tan prison scrubs as she chats with Veep star Anna Chlumsky, who plays a fictional journalist
Inventing Anna follows Chlumsky’s journalist as she hopes to prove herself by exposing the lies of Anna Delvey, a German heiress who has become a fixture of New York social life.
But even as Delvey was becoming a sensation on Instagram and in high society, she was stealing money from wealthy pals and disguising her true origin as Anna Sorokin, a Russian immigrant from a working-class background who moved to Germany with her family as a teen.
Sorokin initially began using the invented surname Delvey after moving to Paris to work at a fashion magazine, and she kept the name when she moved to the United States and reinvented herself as a German heiress.
She adopted a life of luxury sustained by fraudulent loan requests, which allowed her to stay in luxury hotels until they eventually kicked her out for not having a credit card on file.
The con artist would also use her well-heeled friends for money by taking them on trips on her dime, before asking them to pay.
Impressive pedigree: Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes created and wrote the series, and The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel directs two episodes; Sorokin (R) with (L–R) Giudo Cacciatori, Gro Curtis and Giorgia Tordini
Deception: Sorokin, who was convicted in 2019, was accused of taking out fake loans and of asking friends to cover her expenses before failing to pay them back; seen in court in 2019
One of Sorokin’s traveling companions, Rachel DeLoache Williams, revealed in Vanity Fair in 2018 how her fake friend convinced her to put a $62,000 bill on her credit card, plus other expenses.
She claimed to Williams that she would wire the money to her once they were back home, but it never materialized.
Sorokin was indicted in 2017 and convicted in 2019 of eight charges, including second-degree grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, and theft of services, though the jury reached a not guilty verdict on the larceny charge for failing to pay back Williams.
The convicted fraudster was released from prison in February of this year, only to be taken into custody by Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa.
She’s expected to be deported back to Germany, though she was still in ICE custody as of late September.
On top of the world: Garner is taking on the role after receiving widespread acclaim for her lead role on Netflix’s crime drama Ozark, which is set to return for its fourth and final season starting in January; seen on set in New York in November 2020
Garner is taking on the role after receiving widespread acclaim for her lead role on Netflix’s crime drama Ozark, which is set to return for its fourth and final season starting in January.
She plays Ruth Langmore, a young woman in a family of blue-collar criminals who joins forces with Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) to skim off a resort and casino in Missouri to pay off his debts to a drug cartel.
Garner also received critical praise for playing the title role in the dark drama The Assistant, a fictionalized look at the toxic work environments created by abusive Hollywood producers like Harvey Weinstein.