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Stephanie Land’s Bestselling Memoir ‘Maid’ Was Turned Into A Netflix Series  

By January 26, 2021February 27th, 2021No Comments

Showtime’s Shameless team John Wells and Molly Smith Metzler are linking up with actress/producer Margot Robbie to bring us the screen adaptation of Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. 

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‘Maid’ Comes To Netflix

The story chronicles Land’s journey through poverty and the exhausting complexities of bureaucracy, all while struggling to support her family. The Netflix limited series is set to premiere later this year via Warner Bros. and LuckyChap, Margo Robbie’s production company.

The Cast 

The Leftovers and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star Margaret Qualley plays the lead. Alex, a single mother who resorts to working as a maid to keep her family from becoming homeless, is the fictional Land. Nick Robinson of 2015’s Jurassic World has been cast along with Anika Noni Rose from The Princess and the Frog.

When Does It Air?

The 10-part limited series began filming in Vancouver back in late September and is expected to wrap in March. After a projected six-month post-production period, we should see Maid streaming on Netflix at the end of this year. 

The Power Behind ‘Maid’

John Wells is directing the series adapted for the screen by Molly Smith Metzler. Both have serious credentials. John Wells directed hit shows like The West Wing, ER, Mildred Pierce, and Shameless. Metzler wrote the Netflix hit series Orange Is The New Black and Casuals for Hulu. 

Commenting on the project, Netflix vice president of original series Channing Dungey says, 

Maid is a poignant portrait that chronicles Stephanie Land’s strife and victories, and has the power to connect with our members around the world as they identify with her struggles and root for her success.”

Dungey brings up an important point. With financial insecurity rampant throughout American society, millions of people now find themselves living their own versions of Land’s story. Thanks to COVID closures decimating the economy, more Americans than ever are on the dole, scrambling to support their families. Perhaps Maid will be cathartic for those who are now relying on government aid to survive.

 

Patrick Salway is a writer, musician, and actor living in Los Angeles. Follow him on social media @patsalway and @veneer_publications. Listen to VENEER.

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