Shining Girls: Release date, trailer, cast, plot and more

Shining Girls
Credits: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has a pretty impressive library of thrillers that includes Home Before Dark, Defending Jacob, Truth Be Told, See, Servant, and a lot more. Another highly anticipated addition to the list is the upcoming American thriller streaming television series Shining Girls. Based on the 2013 novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, the series is set to star Elisabeth Moss and Wagner Moura.

The series is written by Silka Luisa and will be executive produced by Elisabeth Moss, Silka Luisa, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsey McManus, Jennifer Davisson, Lauren Beukes, Alan Page Arriaga, Michelle MacLaren, Rebecca Hobbs, Daina Reid, and more. 

If you’re looking for your next gripping thriller series to binge, then this one is for you. Adding to the murderous and suspenseful elements of any thriller comes the mind-bending concept of multiple timelines, which will make Shining Girls stand apart. 

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Here’s everything we know about the upcoming thriller Shining Girls:

Shining Girls Release Date

Shining Girls is all set to release globally on Apple TV+ on April 29, 2022.

How many episodes will Shining Girls have?

The first season of the series will have 8 episodes in total, out of which three will be released on April 29. After that, one episode will release every subsequent Friday.

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Shining Girls Trailer

The trailer of Shining Girls has surfaced and what’s for sure is that it will leave all of us at the edge of our seats and biting our nails (not literally, it’s unhygienic). 

Anyways, the trailer introduces us to Kirby Mazrachi, a newspaper archivist, as she finds herself dealing with trauma after going through an extremely violent assault and is made to relive it while helping catch the perpetrator. A serial killer is out on the street, and Kirby is the only one who can help catch him as she is the only survivor. Even though she made it out alive, the reality never stayed the same for her, quite literally. For her, things, people, and places keep shape-shifting. 

It starts with her cat turning into a dog and goes as far as people close to her getting changed. Things become more abstruse when Kirby herself transforms into different people, which is very much evident in the trailer with her sporting drastically different looks.

With what has been delivered to us in the trailer, it looks like there is some kind of time travel involved in the story as well. Women were killed in the same fashion for multiple decades, and the mysterious man in the trailer clearly doesn’t look like a 70-year-old who could have been doing it since then.

So what’s real and what’s fabricated, Kirby has no idea. However, you might be able to figure it out, so don’t miss it when it hits the streaming platform. 

Shining Girls — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

Shining Girls Plot

The story follows Kirby Mazrachi who survived a serial killer’s attack several years ago, and she suffers from the trauma to date. Her wounds became fresh when she was asked to help catch the killer on the loose and live through her assault again and again. But things are far more complex. The trauma caused by the attack has made Kirby’s perception of reality go haywire, and everything and nothing makes perfect sense to her anymore. 

Shining Girls Cast

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  • Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi

Best known for her roles in titles like The One I Love (2014), The Square (2017), Her Smell (2018), The Invisible Man (2020) and Shirley (2020). 

  • Wagner Moura as Dan

Wagner is a Brazilian actor, director, filmmaker, musician, and journalist. He has received acclaim for portraying Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos (2015–2016)

  • Jamie Bell as Harper Curtis

Jamie was last seen in the 2021 American action thriller film, Without Remorse, which was based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. 

  • Phillipa Soo as Jin-Sook

Phillipa rose to fame with the role of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton. For her performance in the Disney+ live stage recording of Hamilton released in 2020, she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Movie. 

  • Amy Brenneman as Rachel

Amy was last seen in the American action thriller film Sweet Girl and a television series of the same genre by the name of Tell Me Your Secrets