Amy Adams's Camille Preaker may not know if she can ever truly go home again, but at least she knows when that unpleasant "homecoming" is going to take place. HBO is set to premiere its eight-episode limited series adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects on Sunday, July 8th at 9 p.m. Adapted by Marti Noxon (Dietland) and directed by Big Little Lies' Jean-Marc Vallée, the project also stars Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport, Chris Messina, and Eliza Scanlen.
Camille Preaker, a crime reporter fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., to investigate the murders of two little girls. The assignment lands her back in her childhood home under the critical eye of picture-perfect small-town socialite Adora, which forces Camille to confront personal demons.
During a November 2016 interview with The Arizona Republic, Adams discussed if it's difficult for an actor to be in two distinctly different — yet acclaimed — projects (Nocturnal Animals and Arrival) back-to-back:
"It can be sometimes. On this one, the trick was that I felt so connected to Louise I felt like shedding her wasn't hard, but then reinvesting in another character, I had to really find a different way in. Sometimes I come in because I really like the character, or I like something they had to say. In "Nocturnal Animals" I remember really being like, "Ugh, I know her, but I don't want to be her," and all these things. It actually helped, because I realized I was judging her and I didn't know if I liked her, but then I approached it from a place where she was judging herself. She doesn't like herself, and that's where she finds herself and her life in that moment. So it ended up being a great starting place. Once I was able to do that I was able to dive deeper into why she doesn't like herself, and what's happened, to invest in the character that became very interesting to me, and very different from how I felt doing other characters. It was fun."