An Emmy-Winning Actress Will Play Anna Delvey in Netflix’s Too-Good-to-Be-True Movie About the Infamous Art-World Scammer

The Netflix series will star Emmy-winner Julia Garner alongside other veteran actors.

Left, Anna Delvey; Actress Julia Garner. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Anna Delvey, née Sorokin, the Russian-born con artist who tricked the top tier of New York City’s social set into funding her lavish lifestyle by telling them she was trying to jumpstart a “Soho House-ish” art foundation, is coming to Netflix courtesy of Shonda Rhimes. Now, the cast of the 10-episode limited series, Inventing Anna, has been announced, and it looks like a host of bold-faced names are set to tell the tale of the “socialite scammer.”  

Based on the viral New York story by Jessica Pressler, the show will star Anna Chlumsky as a reporter, with the series focusing on her effort to get to the bottom of the unbelievable true story. Chlumsky is a six-time Emmy award nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role as frazzled political operative Amy on HBO’s Veep.

Cherubic actress Julia Garner will play the all-important title role. Garner just won an Emmy for her role on the Netflix show Ozark, and played a coy teenager tangled up in the web of lies spun by her older boyfriend (who was also a Soviet spy) in The Americans.

Other cast members include Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, as the celebrity trainer Kacy Duke, who Anna enlisted as part of her extravagant lifestyle. The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd will play Neff, the concierge at the hotel in Manhattan where Delvey shacked up. 

Finally, Katie Lowes, an alum of Rhimes’s Scandal, will play the important role of Rachel Deloache Williams, who in real life was a photo editor at Vanity Fair who got ensnared in Delvey’s grift, ending up stranded in Marrakech having charged tens of thousands of dollars to her personal and company credit cards.

Williams was a key witness in the month-long trial that resulted in Delvey being sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison. In July, Williams published her own memoir of her time as Anna’s companion, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress, and has been making the rounds on a promotional media circuit. 


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