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Is Luckyest Girl Alive based on a true story and a book?

September 7, 2022

The Gray Man, Me the Time, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hustle, Secondary year…Netflix is ​​all about variety.

From sports movies to horror slashers, no genre is left out and fans of mystery thrillers have a promising title to cherish thanks to Luckyest Girl Alive.

Directed by Mike Barker and based on the novel of the same name by Jessica Knoll, it hits theaters on Friday, September 30, 2022 but will hit the platform a week later on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Mila Kunis stars alongside Finn Wittrock, but before you dive in, you might want to know the nature of the source material…

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Is Luckyest Girl Alive based on a true story?

Although both the film and the novel are a work of fiction, the inspiration behind Jessica’s written story is drawn from her own experiences, reports IndieWire.

The Luckiest Girl Alive stars Mila as New York Times Magazine editor Ani FaNelli, who lives a lucky life in New York City with good friends and the perks of her position.

However, she must confront her past when a true crime documentarian arrives on the scene to discuss an incident that happened during her school days.

Although the unfolding story was intended as fiction, there are parallels between Jessica and Ani’s character in terms of trauma and beyond…

Warning: Sensitive descriptions regarding rape follow

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“She was talking about Ani”

Jessica herself is a former editor of publication Cosmopolitan and IndieWire reports that she revealed in 2016 that she was gang-raped as a teenager.

It was a year after the novel was published, and People reports that she wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter that helped her deal with the trauma of the event:

“The first person to tell me that I had been the victim of a gang rape was a therapist, seven years after the fact. The second was my literary agent, five years later, only she didn’t talk about me. She was talking about Ani, the protagonist of my novel, Luckyest Girl Alive, which is a work of fiction. What I have kept to myself, until today, is that his inspiration is not.

She added: “I ran and I dodged and I dodged because I’m scared. I’m afraid people won’t call what happened to me a rape because for a long time no one did.

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Cast of the luckiest girl in the world

An impressive central cast joins Mila which you can check out below:

  • Mila Kunis as Ani FaNelli
  • Finn Wittrock as Luke Harrison
  • Scoot McNairy as Andrew Larson
  • Chiara Aurelia as young Ani
  • Thomas Barbusca as Arthur Finnerman
  • Justin Lupe as Nell Rutherford
  • Alexandra Beaton as Hilary Hitchinson
  • Dalmar Abuzeid as Aaron Wickersham
  • Alex Barone as Dean Barton
  • Jennifer Beals as Lo Lo Vincent
  • Connie Britton as Dina

Luckyest Girl Alive is on Netflix on Friday, October 7, 2022.

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact the Rape Crisis team. Call 0808 802 9999 for confidential emotional support, open 12pm-2.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm every day of the year. You can also contact victim support on 08 08 16 89 111

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, National Sexual Hotline. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (800) 656-4673. You can also contact the Department of Defense Secure Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 (877) 955-5247.

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