Here's Why You May Already Be Familiar With the Plot of HBO's 'The Undoing'

Lizzy Rosenberg - Author

May 12 2020, Updated 1:45 p.m. ET

HBO is presenting us with yet another new series to obsess over, The Undoing, and we're excited, to say the least. The show, which was supposed to premiere May 10, but has since been delayed, tells the story of therapist and aspiring author, Grace Sachs (played by Nicole Kidman), who inadvertently gets involved with debunking the murder of a mother at her son's school. 

Article continues below advertisement

But in the early stages of the investigation, Grace's husband Jonathan (played by Hugh Grant) goes missing, and is considered a suspect, leading Grace to realize her family has more flaws than she thought.

While this six-part limited series sounds somewhat similar to a Dateline episode you've probably seen before, you might be wondering if The Undoing is based on a true story — here's why you might be familiar with HBO's latest and greatest creation.

Article continues below advertisement

There's a reason you may be familiar with the plot and character names from 'The Undoing.'

The realistic (yet deliciously fascinating) plotline of HBO's latest creation makes it seem like it could have actually happened, but none of the events portrayed in the show actually happened in real life. It turns out the series is an on-screen adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2014 novel, You Should Have Known. 

Article continues below advertisement

We haven't read the book or seen the series, so we can't say for certain if the sub-plots and ending of the series perfectly mirrors the novel, however, the names of the characters and general summary are exactly the same, so if you'd like to read the book before watching the series (or vise versa), we highly suggest ordering it from Amazon.

Article continues below advertisement

The entire cast and crew behind 'The Undoing' is seriously remarkable.

In addition to Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, who are playing the roles of Grace and Jonathan Sachs, The Undoing cast features some seriously successful actors. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' s Edgar Ramirez was cast as Detective Joe Mendoza, Ismael Cruz Cordova from Mary Queen of Scots' is playing the role of Fernando Alves, and American Horror Story's Lily Rabe is taking on the role of Sylvia Steineitz. 

Additionally, the faces behind the camera have also found tremendous success long before the new miniseries was picked up — Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning director Susanne Bier will be taking the lead on the show, and Emmy Award-winning Big Little Lies creator, David E. Kelley is producing it. Needless to say, The Undoing has a totally star-studded cast and crew working on-set, and we're definitely looking forward to binge-watching it when it drops.

Article continues below advertisement

Although many of us probably aspire to read the book before watching the TV adaptation, let's be real — the vast majority of us will probably just wait until it's finally available on the small screen. Maybe we'll get around to reading the book beforehand, but we definitely can't make any promises.

The Undoing is coming to HBO sometime this fall.

More from Distractify

Latest Entertainment News and Updates

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 Distractify. Distractify is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.