Luster, aka everyone's favourite book from 2020, is being turned into a series by Tessa Thompson

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We cannot get enough of book to screen adaptations right now. From Nine Perfect Strangers and Maid to After We Fell, we're basically watching anything that started on paper (or as a podcast, for that matter). Which is why we were over the moon about the news that Luster by Raven Leilani - as in, our favourite book of 2020 - is being adapted into a series for HBO by Westworld star Tessa Thompson. Here's everything we know about Luster so far.

What's Luster going to be about?

The series storyline is likely to run fairly close to that of the novel, especially given that the book was only released in 2020. The official synopsis reads;

"Edie is a young Black artist living a precarious existence in New York City when she takes a white lover in an open marriage, eventually moving in with him and his wife in the suburbs. There she not only finds herself in an increasingly tense relationship with the couple, but also becoming an unlikely mentor to their adopted Black daughter Akila." [Via Deadline].


Who's starring in Luster?

It's very early days so we don't yet know much about casting. We do know that Tessa Thompson's production company Viva Maude is developing the project along with Gaumont, the French film company behind Narcos Mexico and Lupin.

While we don't yet know whether Thompson will be starring in the series, she has spoken passioantelty about the novel and has previous experience working with HBO on dystopian drama Westworld.

Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images

Speaking about the project Thompson said, "Luster marks the daring debut by Raven Leilani, a seminal voice for her generation. In her work, which defies categorisation, there is an astonishingly singular quality that speaks to spirit of the types of narratives Viva Maude aims to showcase — bold, beautifully crafted, unapologetically human, imaginative and unconventional — it is thrilling to be teamed with Gaumont and the stunning talents of Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lileana Blain-Cruz to develop this story at HBO, the perfect home."

When is Luster being released?

Since casting hasn't even been announced we're going to have a little while to wait for a release date. And wait we shall, very very excitedly.


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