Actors Issa Rae and Laura Dern will star in and executive produce the HBO limited series The Dolls.
According to Deadline, the series will be inspired by the Christmas Eve riots over Cabbage Patch dolls, which took place in two Arkansas towns in 1983. The Dolls will examine how race and class affect the idea of being a “good mother.”
Rae will write the series, along with Laura Kittrell and fellow Insecure writer Amy Aniobi. It is in development under Jaywalker Pictures, the production company of Dern and Jayme Lemons.
Earlier this year, Rae received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her series Insecure, which was recently renewed for a fourth season on HBO. The development of The Dolls will help the writer/actor/producer continue her quest to change how dark-skinned women are portrayed in Hollywood.
Dern is no stranger to the premium network. She recently finished production on Season Two of Big Little Lies, a series which earned her a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe award.
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