Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo have been set to star in the upcoming psychological thriller ‘The Girl Before’ for BBC One and HBO Max.

The limited four-part series is adapted from JP Delaney’s own best-selling novel of the same title. Delaney will co-write episodes of the series while Emmy nominated Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve; Servant; Blue My Mind) will direct.

The Girl Before tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…

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Oyelowo stated; “This story is mind-bending in its clever construction and intricacy. I can’t wait to see it, let alone be in it. Plus, I’d go anywhere to work with my friend Gugu again.”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw says: “I’m so excited to work with this amazing team on such a compelling story in my debut role as actor/producer.”

Rhonda Smith will produce and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an associate producer. Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh for 42, Ben Irving for the BBC, JP Delaney and Lisa Brühlmann will executive produce.

The series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and HBO Max in the US.