HBO releases a trailer for the upcoming series Mrs. Fletcher. Created by Tom Perrotta and based on his 2017 novel of the same, Mrs. Fletcher examines the titular character’s attempts to live an edgier life. Previously, HBO adapted Perrotta’s 2011 novel The Leftovers into a three-season series.
In Mrs. Fletcher, Kathryn Hahn stars as Eve Fletcher. The pilot episode was written by Perrotta and directed by Nicole Holofcener, who also co-produces the series. Prior to embarking on a filmmaking career, Holofcener studied under Martin Scorsese at Columbia University. Most recently, she wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the 2018 biographical drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy. For Mrs. Fletcher, newcomer Jackson White will co-star as Eve’s son, Brendan. The HBO series features supporting performances from Casey Wilson (Always Be My Maybe), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire), Jen Richards (Tales of the City), and Owen Teague (Bloodline). Both Cameron Boyce (Descendants) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) have recurring roles in Mrs. Fletcher.
On YouTube, HBO released Mrs. Fletcher’s teaser trailer. The 55-second clip begins with an emphasis on human connections, only to quickly point out the main character’s brash attitude. From there, the trailer focuses on Eve’s empty nest (her son left for college), along with feelings of awkwardness and loneliness. Hahn’s character fantasizes about both men and women, while a support group meeting suggests that Mrs. Fletcher is ready to embrace what terrifies her the most. After a brief montage of bedroom theatrics, Eve sets her eyes on her son’s classmate Julian (Teague), and then states that “I don’t want to be a good girl anymore.” In the trailer’s final moments, Hahn's character spanks herself at home, and realizes that self-spanking isn’t quite what she’s looking for. Check out the Mrs. Fletcher trailer below.
Over the past 15 years, Hahn has established herself as a brilliant character actress in both feature films and television. She had supporting roles in the Adam McKay films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, and most recently voiced Olivia Octavius aka Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a film that won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. On the small screen, Hahn portrayed Lily Lebowski in the NBC series Crossing Jordan, and had prominent roles in Amazon’s Transparent, Showtime’s Happyish, and Amazon’s I Love Dick. For her work in Transparent, Hahn earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
While it’s still unclear just how edgy Mrs. Fletcher will get, the new HBO series appears headed in the right direction with Hahn in the main role. And if Mrs. Fletcher is anything like HBO’s previous Perrotta adaption, The Leftovers, then subscribers of the streaming service can expect a touch of surrealism, along with thematically challenging storylines. For now, the Mrs. Fletcher trailer teases the basics, and emphasizes Hahn’s charisma and comedic versatility.