Netflix's New Suspenseful Thriller Stars Emily Deschanel
Netflix announced it has picked up the drama Devil in Ohio as a limited series. Inspired by a true story, the suspenseful thriller is straight from the 2017 best-seller by author and executive producer Daria Polatin (Jack Ryan, Hunters). Polatin also serves as the showrunner for the limited series. Polatin is currently executive story editor for Starz’s new wrestling drama, Heels.
Producer Ian Hay joins Executive Producers Polatin, Andrew Wilder, and Rachel Miller (Under the Electric Sky) of Haven Entertainment.
John Fawcett, Brad Anderson, Leslie Hope, and Steve Adelson will direct this eight-episode drama.
Currently, in production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a popular location for other mystery titles such as Midnight Mass, See, and The Haunting of Hill House. The limited series stars Emily Deschanel as ‘Suzanne.’ Undoubtedly, Deschanel’s most notable role is her 12-season portrayal of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a genius forensic anthropologist in Fox’s Bones. Devil in Ohio is Deschanel’s first television series since her recurring role in TNT’s Animal Kingdom in 2019.
The complete cast includes Jennifer Copping (Fargo, Debris), portraying Captain Peck, with Marci T. House (Midnight Mass, Godzilla) as Adele. Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, The Handmaid’s Tale) stars as ‘Peter.’ Also signed are child actress Xaria Dotson (The Birch, American Vandel) as Jules Mathis, Gerardo Celasco (Next) as ‘Detective Lopez,’ while Madeleine Arthur (Guilty Party) stars as ‘Mae.’ Heartland star, Alisha Newton plays ‘Helen.’ And, Naomi Tan (Are You Afraid Of The Dark?) plays ‘Dani.’
A riveting mystery, this eerie drama revolves around hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis and her inexplicable decision to shelter a mysterious young cult escapee.
One afternoon, 15-year-old Jules Mathis (Dotson) comes home from school to find a strange girl in her house. Jules’ psychiatrist mother quickly reveals that Mae (Arthur) is one of her patients at the hospital who will be staying with their family for a while. But without warning or explanation, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, attending her school, sleeping in her bedroom, replacing her on the school paper, and flirting with Jules’ high school boyfriend.
And it is evident that mysterious Mae has no intention of leaving.
Suzanne Mathis’ world slowly and, it seems, irreversibly turns upside down as she realizes that her choice to help this strange vulnerable girl has turned into a terror-filled nightmare. And Mae’s installation into her home is threatening to tear her own family apart.
Emily Deschanel in Netflix Limited Series Devil in Ohio