Ever since the massive cultural benchmark that was Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996), Sarah Michelle Gellar has allowed herself to remain extraordinarily selective about acting projects that she is willing to tack her name on to. Luckily for fans, Gellar is officially set to take on the starring role in a new limited series, Sometimes I Lie, which is being adapted from Alice Feeney’s novel of the same name.
The series is being produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ production company A Very Good Production along with Warner Bros TV. With oscar nominated writer Robin Swicord (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) on board, it is certainly boasting some serious power players behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera.
Gellar is probably best known for portraying one of the most iconic female television roles of all time as Buffy Summers in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which ended in 2003 and mostly chose to take on film roles, appearing in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Cruel Intentions (1999) and The Grudge (2004). Although the actress did take some television roles, they were few and far between, starring only in the CW’s The Ringer in 2012, as well as The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams in 2014. So, Sometimes I Lie is a much anticipated return by Gellar to television audiences.
While she won’t be returning to her roots literally slaying big bads in this particular series, it is definitely a nice detour back to horror for Gellar. In this psychological thriller, Gellar will star as Amber Reynolds, a woman who finds herself waking up in the hospital, unable to move or speak. Despite her paralyzed state, Amber can clearly hear everything happening around her but no one knows she can. The series will flash back to her character in the week leading up to the sudden paralysis as well as a couple of other timelines.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
But as the book jacket also explains: My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. 1) I’m in a coma. 2) My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3) Sometimes I lie.
Luckily for fans, there is absolutely no doubt that Gellar has the chops to take on such a complicated role that jumps timelines and includes a stretch of paralysis. It has been too long since we have seen Gellar in our living rooms every week and it will be great to see her return to her spooky roots.
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