Claire Foy to Play Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in an HBO Version of Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s An Ugly Truth: In Facebook’s Struggle for Domination† Deadline reports†
Foy, the British actor known for her roles in the series Wolf Hall and The crownwill also serve as an executive producer on the adaptation, which is titled doomsday machine†
Frenkel and Kang’s book, published by Harper last year, tells the story of Facebook from 2016 to 2020, when the social media platform came under fire for its handling of disinformation during the 2016 presidential election and the US Capitol uprising. January 2020. In a starred review, one critic of Kirkus called the book “thorough, high-quality investigative reporting that every social media user should read.”
doomsday machine will be written by Ayad Akhtar, the playwright (disgraced), novelist (Homeland Elegies), and the president of PEN America.
Akhtar will also executive produce the series along with Josh Stern, Paul Lee, Doug Wald, David Levine, Elyse Cheney, Adam Berkowitz and Adam Eaglin.
Frenkel shared news about the project on Twitter, to write“Big news! HBO is turning our book, An Ugly Truth, into a TV show! Can’t wait to see what @ayadakhtar and his team do with this.”
Big news! HBO is turning our book, An Ugly Truth, into a TV show! Can’t wait to see what @ayadakhtar and his team do this.
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) February 8, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.