Netflix is working with author Daria Polatin to adapt her novel Devil in Ohio as a limited series. The novel was released in 2017 and is based on real-life events about a girl who escaped a satanic cult. Meanwhile, Polatin will also act as a producer and showrunner on the series. Read on to find out more about this exciting true-life story.
Devil in Ohio as a Netflix Limited Series
Netflix is teaming up with author Daria Polatin to produce an adaptation of her 2017 novel Devil in Ohio. Polatin will also act as producer, showrunner and head writer of the limited series. She has previously been involved in projects such as Castle Rock, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Condor and more.
The directors for the series are Brad Anderson (Titans), John Fawcett (Orphan Black), Steve Adelson (12 Monkeys) and Leslie Hope (Lost in Space). Besides Polatin, Rachel Miller of Haven Entertainment will also produce. She has been involved in All Summers End and Crash Pad.
Plot of the series
The Netflix limited series Devil in Ohio is based on a true-life story. Polatin spoke about the novel in a Book Room Reviews interview, where she said the story explores the timeless struggle between good and evil. It is also about the strength it takes to overcome the adversity of your past.
Emily Deschanel will star in Devil in Ohio, a limited series inspired by the true story of a psychiatrist who shelters a mysterious cult escapee, turning her world upside down and threatening to tear her own family apart. pic.twitter.com/TvitIOF3ZW
— Netflix (@netflix) September 15, 2021
The story involves 15-year-old Jules Mathis, who returns home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen. Her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with them for a few days. However, soon, the girl is wearing Jules’ clothing, sleeping in her bedroom and pushing her out of her position on the school paper. She is also flirting with Jules’ boyfriend and has no intention of leaving.
Soon things got weird, as Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, to spot a pentagram carved into the girl’s back. She then discovers that the girl is a survivor of a strange cult from a nearby town. Even worse, the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.
In her interview, Polatin explained that the novel Devil in Ohio is based on a true story, but she is keeping the background under wraps. However, a lot of what happens in the story actually did occur. The author said she took artistic license in order to fill in the blanks and flesh out the story for her book.
Cast of Devil in Ohio on Netflix
Emily Deschanel will play the lead of Suzanne in the limited series Devil in Ohio. She is best-known for her role as Angela in Animal Kingdom and Temperance Brennan in Bones.
Meanwhile, other cast members include Madeleine Arthur (Guilty Party) as Mae, Sam Jaeger as Peter, Xaria Dotson as Jules and Gerardo Celasco as Detective Lopez. Also, Alisha Newton plays Helen and Naomi Tan stars as Dani.
Production details for the Netflix limited series
As per the Wrap, Devil in Ohio will have eight, 45-minute episodes. Production for the series started on September 8, 2021, and will wrap on December 7. The series will be filmed in Vancouver, Canada.
So far, the release date on Netflix is unknown, but the limited series is expected to drop in mid-2022.
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