HBO’s Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, continues with four new episodes airing in August 2018. The series will finish up on August 26 and has earned rave reviews from critics, currently sitting at 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
In addition to star Amy Adams, Sharp Objects is executive produced by author Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, Jean-Marc Vallée, Amy Adams, Jason Blum, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, Charles Layton, Jessica Rhoades, Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold. Noxon is the limited series’ showrunner and Jean-Marc Vallée directed all eight hour-long episodes.
The Plot: Amy Adams stars as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
The Cast of Characters:
- Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a St. Louis newspaper reporter sent on assignment to Wind Gap, her quaint Missouri hometown, to cover the gruesome murder of one preteen girl and the disappearance of another.
- Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), Camille’s mother and queen of Wind Gap’s high society, who has her serene, picture-perfect life threatened by the unexpected return of her estranged daughter.
- Richard Willis (Chris Messina), a detective brought in from Kansas City to support Wind Gap’s sheriff in the search for the killer of a young girl. He joins forces with Camille to try to solve the mystery.
- Amma (Eliza Scanlen), Camille’s 15-year-old half-sister, living a double life as a restrained and girlish daughter at home with her parents, and as a brash, impetuous teenager when out with friends.
- Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins), the local gossip and renowned alcoholic. Trashy, fun and larger than life, she knows she’s a “backwoods Barbie” and has a sense of humor about it.
- Vickery (Matt Craven), the frustrated small-town police chief, trying to preserve the reputation of Wind Gap by keeping a lid on the possibility that a serial killer might live among them.
- John Keene (Taylor John Smith), moody and somber since the murder of his 13-year-old sister. His sensitive, temperamental nature raises eyebrows and makes him a prime suspect in the murder investigation.
- Meredith (Madison Davenport), the confident and supportive girlfriend of murder suspect John Keene.
- Bob Nash (Will Chase), the hot-tempered father of Ann Nash, Wind Gap’s first murder victim.
- Alan Crellin (Henry Czerny), Adora’s attentive, mild-mannered husband, who dotes on her.
- Curry (Miguel Sandoval), Camille’s caring and supportive newspaper editor, who sends her on assignment to her home town.
- Young Camille (Sophia Lillis), a 14-year-old tomboy who is devoted to her younger sister, Marian.
Sharp Objects August 2018 Episodes:
- Episode #5: “Closer”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Despite a potential serial killer on the loose in the community, Wind Gap residents gather for Calhoun Day, an annual southern-pride festival hosted by Adora (Patricia Clarkson) on the grounds of her house. As Amma (Eliza Scanlen) and her friends act out a traditional play depicting the sacrifices made by the wife of a Confederate soldier, Adora shares confidences with Richard (Chris Messina) that may impact his relationship with Camille (Amy Adams).
Written by Scott Brown; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
- Episode #6: “Cherry”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Adora (Patricia Clarkson) provides Chief Vickery (Matt Craven) with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case. Richard (Chris Messina) probes for details about Camille’s dark past. John’s (Taylor John Smith) girlfriend, Ashley (Madison Davenport), looks to make news for herself. Amma (Eliza Scanlen) bonds with Camille (Amy Adams) during and after a wild party.
Written by Dawn Kamoche & Ariella Blejer; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
- Episode #7: “Falling”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Camille (Amy Adams) crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect. Richard (Chris Messina) coaxes Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins) to offer up info about Marian Preaker’s death. Adora (Patricia Clarkson) takes pains to keep an ailing Amma (Eliza Scanlen) under her roof and in her care.
Written by Gillian Flynn & Scott Brown; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
- Episode #8: “Milk” (finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Concerned for the safety of Amma (Eliza Scanlen), Camille (Amy Adams) puts her own life in jeopardy as she gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings.
Written by Marti Noxon & Gillian Flynn; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée