Samara Weaving is set to star in Sony Pictures Television's upcoming limited series about former Playboy Playmate Holly Madison tentatively called Down the Rabbit Hole. The series is based on Madison's 2015 memoir Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. As of this writing, a network is not yet attached. Writer Marieke Hardy is adapting the memoir for TV.
The untitled limited series looks beyond the polished facade of the Playboy brand to depict the visceral, often deeply damaging stories of the women who entered following a dream and found themselves manipulated, controlled, and abused by the machine. Holly Madison's New York Times bestselling memoir was big news upon its release in 2015, as she attempted to tell the world what being a Playboy Playmate was about, and it wasn't always glamorous. The book ended up causing tension between Madison and ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner, along with former girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson.
Samara Weaving recently portrayed Thea Preston in Bill & Ted Face the Music, where she received praise for her performance. The 28-year old Australian actress also just wrapped production on Robert Schwentke's Snake Eyes for Paramount opposite Henry Golding. Weaving previously appeared in Ready or Not and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the actress will next be seen opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers, which is based on Liane Moriarty's latest book of the same name. Weaving has yet to comment on her upcoming role as Holly Madison, but one can imagine that there will be a lot of hype surrounding the untitled limited series when it prepares to debut.
Holly Madison first gained popularity after posing for Playboy, but gained international fame when she starred in the E! reality series The Girls Next Door, which debuted in 2005. The first five seasons centered around Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's then-girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. Throughout the five season, drama unfolded, which was great for ratings and merchandise. Madison went on to star in the short-lived Holly's World. After the release of Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, Madison wrote the follow up, The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention.
Holly Madison's experiences with Hugh Hefner began when she was facing credit card debt and potential homelessness. In August 2001, she moved into the Playboy Mansion and officially became one of Hefner's girlfriends, where he controlled her finances, enforced a strict schedule and curfew, and denied her opportunities to earn income outside the mansion. She later became Hefner's number one girlfriend after other girls left. Sony Productions Television's Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz will produce the upcoming limited series under their Olive Bridge Entertainment banner. Holly Madison is also attached to executive produce the upcoming series. Deadline was one of the first outlets to announce Samara Weaving's casting as Holly Madison.