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A First Look At Julia Garner As Fake Heiress Anna Delvey In Shonda Rhimes’ Upcoming True Crime Series ‘Inventing Anna’

Julia Garner plays Anna Sorokin, who posed as fake heiress Anna Delvey in order to defraud some of New York's wealthiest socialites, in Shonda Rhimes' upcoming true crime series "Inventing Anna."

By Gina Tron
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Netflix has released a first glimpse into its much-anticipated drama Inventing Anna,” which is based on the life and crimes of Anna Sorokin.

The swindler socialite notoriously conned some of New York's wealthiest out of hundreds of thousands of dollars before her apprehension and now, those criminal escapades that will be dramatized in a new series on Netflix come 2022.

Shonda Rhimes’ series stars Julia Garner as Sorokin in the upcoming drama series, which also features Anna Chlumsky, Jennifer Esposito, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Anders Holm, and Laverne Cox.

While the series won’t be ready to watch until next year, the public got a sneak peek this week after Netflix released four photos from the series.

One photograph features Garner looking glamorous in a red headscarf and oversized sunglasses. 

Another is of her getting booked.

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The Russian-born Sorokin, 30, is currently serving time in a New York prison for masquerading as a German heiress named Anna Delvey, with a supposed $60 million trust fund. She lived an extravagant lifestyle, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, scamming financial institutions and individuals alike for cash until she was arrested in 2017.

Another photo from the upcoming series shows a sneak peek at how luxe her lifestyle was.

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She was ultimately convicted of several counts of grand larceny in 2019 and was sentenced to four to 12 years behind bars. While she was on trial, she famously utilized a stylist in court, GQ reported in 2019.

Shonda Rhimes, best known for her work on "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," apparently offered Sorokin $15,000 per episode as a consultant fee and a $7,500 per episode royalty, according to The New York Times. That money, $320,000 in all, went to pay off her victims, Insider reported in January.

Sorokin was not allowed to profit because of the "Son of Sam" laws, which prevent criminals from making money off materials related to their crimes.

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“The Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel is directing and executive producing two of the upcoming episodes of “Inventing Anna.” The series is inspired by Jessica Pressler’s viral 2018 New York magazine article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People."