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Under The Bridge Cast, Showrunners, Director, Plot And More Details

There's an arms race going on between the various streaming platforms and traditional TV networks, and it's all over true crime dramas. Entertainment providers have spent the last few years dropping a whole lot of TV series based on real-life murders and mayhem. Many of these productions are about the most notorious criminals ever, like Netflix's "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story." Others are adaptations of popular podcasts, like "Dirty John" on USA, or "Dr. Death" on Peacock. Still others take their inspiration from recent ripped-from-the-headlines chicanery, like Hulu's "The Girl from Plainville."

Intriguingly, Hulu is currently working on a true crime drama that takes a slightly different approach. "Under the Bridge" is an upcoming eight-part series based on Rebecca Godfrey's 2005 book of the same name. It tells the story of one of the most shocking Canadian crimes of the late 1990s — yet the social issues involved are still relevant today. From the cast to the plot, here's everything we know so far about "Under the Bridge."

When will Under the Bridge be released?

"Under the Bridge" doesn't yet have a release date. But we can make a reasonable guess based on Hulu's recent production schedules. Hulu ordered the eight-episode limited series on September 27, 2022. By the time December 2022 rolled around, principal photography had begun. We also know it's being produced by ABC Signature. We can thus compare "Under the Bridge" to another recent series produced by ABC Signature and based on a novel: "Fleishman Is in Trouble." 

In March 2021, Deadline reported that FX had ordered "Fleishman Is in Trouble." The series premiered on FX on Hulu in November 2022. That's a quick turnaround time — just one year and eight months. If "Under the Bridge" follows a similar path, look for it to drop in May 2024.

What is the plot of Under the Bridge?

"Under the Bridge" is an adaptation of Rebecca Godfrey's 2005 true crime book of the same name, which details the 1997 murder of Reena Virk in British Colombia. Virk was a 14-year-old Canadian girl of South Asian descent who was viciously bullied by her peers. On November 14, several classmates lured Virk to a party near the Craigflower Bridge. There, seven teenage girls and one teenage boy mercilessly beat her. Later, as Virk tried to walk home, two of her attackers — Kelly Ellard, who was 15, and Warren Glowatski, who was 16 — attacked her again, then drowned her.

The Hulu series will feature Rebecca Godfrey as a major character. Deadline compared Godfrey's role to that of Truman Capote when he interviewed Dick Hickock and Perry Smith to write "In Cold Blood." Cam Bentland will also play a major role in the story as a police officer who happens to also be the only woman of color on the force.

Who is starring in Under the Bridge?

Riley Keough will star in "Under the Bridge" as novelist and journalist Rebecca Godfrey. The granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Keough has been appearing in films and TV since 2010. Most recently, she starred as the titular songstress on Amazon Prime's "Daisy Jones & The Six," and has also appeared in projects like "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "American Honey."

Lily Gladstone will co-star as Cam Bentland, a police office. Gladstone blew viewers away with her performance as Mollie Kyle in the 2023 hit "Killers of the Flower Moon." So far, she's picked up a Golden Globe for the role, and is rumored to be a top contender for the 2024 Oscar for best actress. Gladstone has also wowed the public with her performances on the celebrated coming-of-age series "Reservation Dogs" and acclaimed movies like "Fancy Dance," "First Cow," and "The Unknown Country."

Vritika Gupta will play Reena Virk. Gupta is a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, working on projects like "Cross Hollow" and "Say Goodbye." The Hulu series will no doubt thrust Gupta into the mainstream, as well as her many talented costars. Archi Panjabi of "The Good Wife" will play her mother, which is sure to be an affecting performance. We'll also see Javon "Wanna" Walton ("Euphoria"), Aiyanna Goodfellow ("Small Axe"), Izzy G ("AJ and the Queen"), Chloe Guidry ("The Park"), and Ezra Faroque Khan ("Doctor Strange").

Who is showrunning, directing, and producing Under the Bridge?

Samir Mehta and Liz Tigelaar will be serving as co-showrunners of "Under the Bridge," as well as executive producers. Mehta served as co-executive producer of the Hulu series "Tell Me Lies," which tells the story of a relationship over the course of eight years. He's also been a co-producer on "Fear the Walking Dead." Tigelaar is the creator of the 2020 Hulu series "Little Fires Everywhere," which starred Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Additionally, Quinn Shephard will be adapting Godfrey's book and serving as executive producer. Shephard made her directorial debut in 2017 at age 20 with her film "Blame," which she also wrote and starred in.

Riley Keough will also serve as a producer, telling Gotham about the series, "This is my first time producing a series, which has been a really incredible experience." On the directing side, "Under the Bridge" hired Geeta Vasant Patel to helm its eight episodes. She'll be executive producing as well. Patel has directed episodes of "House of the Dragon," "Dead to Me," "The Santa Clarita Diet," and "Superstore."

Finally, Rebecca Godfrey will be posthumously credited as executive producer, as she passed away from lung cancer in November 2022.