Amazon Studios recently confirmed that their series The Horror of Dolores Roach – which is based on the hit Gimlet podcast of the same name – had been greenlit, with Justina Machado (The Purge: Anarchy, One Day At A Time) starring in the title role.
As development gets kicked into high gear, Deadline has provided an update on the project with further casting news: Marc Maron (GLOW), Jean Yoon (The Expanse, Kim's Convenience), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), and Jeffrey Self (You're Killing Me) have all signed on for recurring roles in the series. They join previously announced actors Alejandro Hernandez (Gotham), Kita Updike (an original voice cast member of the podcast series), and K. Todd Freeman (A Series of Unfortunate Events).
Per the logline, the eight-episode, half-hour series is a grotesque, contemporary Sweeney Todd-inspired tale of eat or be eaten; a macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest.
It "tells the story of Dolores Roach (Machado), a recently released prisoner who after 16 years returns to find a severely-gentrified Washington Heights with $200 and the clothes on her back. Her boyfriend missing and her family long gone, Dolores reunites with an old stoner buddy, Luis (Hernandez), who gives her room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his dilapidated storefront Empanada Loca, the only remnant of her former life.
"When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, 'Magic Hands Dolores' is driven to shocking extremes to survive, and in the face of unexpected professional success, Dolores and Luis become dangerously symbiotic, and Luis must unleash his own peculiar predilections."
The Horror of Dolores Roach is written and directed by podcast creator Aaron Mark.