Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Sarah Paulson to Play Cult Leader Gwen Shamblin in HBO's THE WAY DOWN Series Adaptation

"American Horror Story" and "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story" star Sarah Paulson is set to star in and executive produce the HBO Max adaptation of the five-part docuseries "The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin". Michelle Dean, who recently served as showrunner and executive producer of Hulu's "The Act", is the showrunner of the scripted adaptation

Paulson will play Shamblin, who rose to fame with her Weigh Down Workshop, a Christian-based diet program, and founded the Remnant Fellowship Church. She was a charismatic figure with a carefully curated image who was accused of emotional, psychological and physical abuse and exploitation for the church's alleged cult-like practices.

"The Way Down" was released on September 30, 2021, with three episodes, becoming the streamer's most-watched docuseries at time of release. Just before finishing the series, Shamblin and her husband died in a plane crash, and the team added two more episodes which incorporated the accident and its aftermath, including new stories from former survivors who felt compelled to share their experience following Shamblin's death.

Paulson is currently filming the horror film "Dust" which also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Bill Heck, Annaleigh Ashford and Amiah Miller.


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