It was the case that left us with more questions than answers. Inspired by the true crime story of Michelle Carter, The Girl From Plainville premieres March 29, only on Hulu.
Michelle Carter began texting Conrad Roy III back in 2012, when her obsession with Glee was at its peak. Even with her preoccupation with the show’s drama, she likely never imagined that her own life would be turned into a television series one day—one with a subject much more sinister than the high school music ever dared attempt. The true crime mini-series stars Elle Fanning as Carter, a 17-year-old who encouraged her boyfriend via text to take his life.
Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Baron, the series explores Carter’s personal relationship with Conrad “Coco” Roy III, a young man who lived less than an hour away from her in the suburbs of Boston. The show chronicles the events leading up to his tragic death, in which the teenager committed suicide by poisoning himself with carbon monoxide fumes from his truck in a K-Mart parking lot.
The series also examines Carter’s controversial conviction for involuntary manslaughter. During a highly scrutinized trial for homicide in 2017, Carter’s text conversations with Conrad Roy III were used by prosecutors to support the stance that Michelle had driven him to take his own life. The case revealed how the judicial system is ill-equipped to deal with modern crimes such as encouragement to commit suicide.
Joining the series is Chloë Sevigny (Big Love) as Lynn Roy, Cara Buono (Stranger Things) as Gail Carter, Kai Lennox (Green Room) as David Carter, Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) as Conrad Roy (the victim’s father), and Michael Mosley (Ozark) as Joseph Cataldo.