In the mid-2010s, Anna Sorokin managed to trick New York’s rich and famous into thinking she was a German heiress by the name of Anna Delvey who was waiting to inherit a USD $67 million trust fund.
Over the course of a few years, Sorokin scammed businesses and her friends out of USD $275,000, before ultimately being caught and sentenced to 12 years in jail—she made headlines again earlier this year when she appeared in court wearing designer clothes after hiring a stylist specifically for the occasion.
The story made headlines when journalist Jessica Pressler wrote an article on Delvey, titled How Anna Delvey tricked New York’s party people for New York magazine.
Naturally, the story was always going to be picked up by Hollywood, with Shonda Rhimes and Netflix announcing that they would produce it for the small screen in a 10-episode series titled Inventing Anna.
Now, Anna Sorokin has revealed from quarantine isolation in an upstate New York prison exactly what it feels like to have a show made about her while she sits behind bars.
“I just don’t want to be trapped with these people dissecting my character”, Sorokin revealed in an open essay to Insider, “I am here because Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided that my early merit release from prison means nothing to them.”
Speaking on Inventing Anna, Sorokin shared while she’s “curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided” she “can’t help but feel like an afterthought”.
“It doesn’t look like I’ll be watching Inventing Anna”, Sorokin said, “even if I were to pull some strings and make it happen, nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me.”
While Sorokin may not be a fan, we know that Julia Garner’s portrayal of the ‘Soho Grifter’ is one of the most highly anticipated of the year.
In the lead up to the show’s release, we’ve rounded up everything we know about Netflix’s Inventing Anna below.
What Is ‘Inventing Anna’ About?
The official plot description for Inventing Anna, per THR, reads, “In Inventing Anna, a journalist (Anna Chlumsky) with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey (Julia Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene—and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: Who is Anna Delvey?”
WATCH BELOW: Netflix’s Inventing Anna Official Trailer
Who Has Been Cast In ‘Inventing Anna’?
Julia Garner, from Ozark, Modern Love and Dirty John, has been cast as Anna Sorokin. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the cast will also include Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky, Scandal‘s Katie Lowes, Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox and The Bold Type‘s Alexis Floyd.
Chlumsky will play a journalist investigating the case, Lowes will play Rachel DeLoache Williams, Anna’s best friend who was scammed out of thousands, while Cox is enlisted as Kacy Duke, a celebrity trainer and life coach, who also became embroiled in the scandal.
When Will ‘Inventing Anna’ Air?
Thankfully, there isn’t a long wait for the series to drop on our screen. Airing on Netflix, the series will premiere on February 11, 2022.