By Andreas Wiseman
April 24, 2023
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) will star in and executive produce historical-fiction podcast series The Foxes of Hydesville, which will also feature Mckenna Grace (Handmaid’s Tale), Phoebe Tonkin (Babylon) and Christina Brucato (The Menu).
The nine-episode series is inspired by the true story of the Fox sisters, whose controversial, supposed talent for speaking to the dead inadvertently helped spawn the religion of modern Spiritualism.
The three sisters heralded from Rochester, NY, and found success as mediums in the 19th century. The two younger sisters used “rappings” to convince their older sister and others that they were communicating with spirits. Their older sister then took charge of them and managed their careers. After finding success, in 1888 one sister confessed that their rappings had been a hoax and publicly demonstrated their method. Their reputation was ruined, and in less than five years they were all dead.
The QCode and Criminal Content podcast is created by Shawn Christensen (Curfew) with episodes due to launch later this spring. It doesn’t sound like this one is being developed as a series or film at the moment, but the material sounds promising.
“Navigating the mind of Leah Fox as she evolves from a piano teacher into a shrewd and devious businesswoman was quite a trip,” Mulligan said. “I’m excited for listeners to hear this immersive retelling of the Fox sisters as they journey through sisterhood, spiritualism and deceit.”
The series was developed and produced by Criminal Content. Criminal Content is repped by CAA and attorney Rob Szymanski. QCode is executive producing and serving as the distribution network. Individual executive producers include Mulligan, Christensen and Gabriel Mason. Co-executive producers include Brucato and Mara Kassin.
Producers include Brenden Hubbard and Adam Volerich. The series was written and directed by Shawn Christensen.
Christensen is re-teaming with QCode following their 2019 collaboration on series Blackout.
Carey Mulligan is represented by CAA, Julian Belfrage & Associates, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Mckenna Grace is represented by CAA, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Christina Brucato is represented by CESD, Robyn Bluestone Management, Buchwald, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan. Phoebe Tonkin is represented by Marquee Management (AU), Echo Lake Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Shawn Christensen is represented by CAA, Entertainment 360, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich & Gellman.