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Is Lou on Netflix based on a true story?

September 23, 2022

For the most part, audiences haven’t even had to go to the cinema to check out a range of new films. Netflix brought them home.

So far this year, we’ve seen a range of titles from the comfort of our couches, Hustle at JChainsaw Massacre.

Horror, comedy, drama, action – it’s all covered. Speaking of action, one of Netflix’s latest movies offers plenty.

Directed by Anna Foerster, the thriller Lou was unveiled on the platform on Friday September 23 and is sure to raise some questions. Namely, is Lou based on a true story?

Jurnee Smollett as Hannah watches from the wooded cliffs of LouLou Cr. © 2022 Netflix

Is Lou on Netflix based on a true story?

No, Lou is not based on a true story. However, The Cinemaholic reports that it references some real-life events that contextualize the characters.

For example, Lou refers to the Iranian coup of 1953, which becomes a rather important element and a catalyst for the plot.

On the other hand, the film is a work of fiction conceived from an original story written by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, Allison Janney stars as a mysterious woman who becomes entangled in a kidnapping plot when her neighbor’s young daughter is abducted. Against the elements and against winds and tides, she sets out to bring her back safely.


Who plays in Lou’s cast?

You can check out the central cast and their respective roles below:

  • Allison Janney as Lou Adell
  • Jurnee Smollett as Hannah Dawson
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
  • Ridley Bateman as Vee Dawson
  • Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin
  • Greyston Holt as Chris
  • Daniel Bernhardt as Tony
  • RJ Fetherstonhaugh as Gerry
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“I loved the challenge”

Allison recently spoke with Screenrant about preparing for the physically challenging titular role:

“I was always very athletic as a kid and I love doing physical comedy. So that’s an area I’ve never played in before, which is physical hand-to-hand combat. I loved the training process with our trainer Daniel Bernhardt, who I worked with for three hours a day learning the moves and learning the fight. I thought that was wonderful.”

She added: “I felt exhilarated by the prep work for this. Finally getting on set and doing the scenes, I felt more prepared than ever for anything I’d filmed before, because I worked on it for so long. And it was great fun. I loved the challenge.

Lou streams exclusively on Netflix.

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