MY BRILLIANT FRIEND started on HBO this week bring the renowned Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante to the screen. Here’s a look at the cast.
Emma Nolan, Nov 21 2018
New Italian-language miniseries My Brilliant Friend premiered this week on HBO and SkyAtlantic. The drama is an adaptation of the beloved Neapolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante. A coming of age story, the eight-episode series follows a friendship between two young girls in Naples in the 1950s.
The synopsis from HBO reads: “When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.”
Both Elena and Lila are portrayed as children and teenagers.
So there are two actors playing each character at the different stages in their lives.
All four actresses are complete newcomers with My Brilliant Friend being their first acting roles ever.