Nov 30, 2023

Michelle Williams To Headline ‘Dying For Sex’ FX Series From Liz Meriwether & Leslye Headland Based On Podcast

Michelle Williams is set to star in and produce Dying For Sex, a limited series for FX from writers Liz Meriwether (The Dropout) and Kim Rosenstock (Only Murders In the Building), director Leslye Headland (Acolyte) and 20th Television where Meriwether and Headland are under overall deals.

Based on the hit Wondery podcast, Dying For Sex is the story of a woman (Williams) diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer who leaves her husband of 15 years and begins to explore her sexuality. She gets the courage and support to go on this adventure from her best friend, who stays by her side all the way to the very end.

Meriwether and Rosenstock serve as showrunners and executive produce with Headland, Meriwether’s longtime collaborator Katherine Pope, Nikki Boyer, host and co-creator of the Dying For Sex podcast, and Wondery Inc.

The project had been in the works since early 2023 but dealmaking was paused during the strikes.

This marks Williams’ return to FX where she starred in the 2019 limited series Fosse/Verdon, which earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Gwen Verdon. Williams recently landed her fifth Oscar nomination for her role as Mitzi Fabelman in Steven Spieberg’s The Fabelmans, inspired by his own life. She also earned a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Fabelmans, among other honors. 

Meriwether created/executive produced the praised Hulu limited series The Dropout and the hit Fox comedy series New Girl. She also co-created/exec produced comedies Single Parents and Bless This Mess.

Rosenstock, most recently a consulting producer on Hulu’s Only Murders In the Building, worked on both New Girl and Single Parents.

Headland served as showrunner on the Netflix series Russian Doll and as head writer and executive producer on Disney+/Lucasfilm’s Acolyte. She also recently exec produced and directed Freeform’s Single Drunk Female.

Williams is repped by CAA. Meriwether is repped by WME and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Headland is repped by Sugar 23. Rosenstock is repped by WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

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