The Hollywood Reporter has announced casting for the first episode of Hulu’s upcoming dark anthology series Monsterland which “follows broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and monster.”
The series is based on short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters adapted by showrunner Mary Laws for the streaming platform. Ballingrud–who has received multiple Shirley Jackson Awards–also wrote the novella The Visible Filth which was recently adapted for Hulu as Wounds starring Armie Hammer.
Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart) will star as Toni, a teenage mom in Louisiana struggling to make ends meet with no family and very little to look forward to in life. When she meets Alex–played by Jonathan Tucker (The Ruins)–a brooding out-of-towner with an aura of danger about him, he offers her a new lease on life that comes with a hefty price and she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go to escape her circumstances.
Laws will serve as an executive producer on the project as well as Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Productions and Lucan Toh and Babak Anvari.
There is no word yet on when Monsterland will premiere on Hulu.