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The Girl From Plainville: Elle Fanning transforms into Michelle Carter in Stan’s true crime drama

The Girl From Plainville FIRST LOOK: Elle Fanning transforms into Michelle Carter in Stan’s new true crime drama – about the woman who was convicted of manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide










Elle Fanning transforms into Michelle Carter in Stan’s upcoming true crime drama, The Girl From Plainville.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for urging her boyfriend to kill himself in text messages in 2014. 

First look images and a compelling trailer sees a tearful sees Fanning as Carter announcing to her parents that her boyfriend Conrad Henri Roy III, played by Colton Ryan, is dead at the dinner table before she is convicted. 

The Girl From Plainville FIRST LOOK: Elle Fanning (pictured) transforms into Michelle Carter in Stan’s upcoming true crime drama – that explores the woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in texting-suicide case

Text messages between the pair are then shown on screen, where Carter asks her boyfriend ‘if he’s going to do it’.  

Carter is then seen going to court as a narrator questions what motive she would have for telling her boyfriend, who was 18 at the time, to kill himself.

‘You don’t get it. This is our love story,’ a tearful Carter tells the court.

Real life: Pictured is Carter in court on June 8, 2017 where she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter

Real life: Pictured is Carter in court on June 8, 2017 where she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for urging her boyfriend, Conrad Henri Roy III, to kill himself in text messages in 2014. Pictured: Fanning, 23, as Carter

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for urging her boyfriend, Conrad Henri Roy III, to kill himself in text messages in 2014. Pictured: Fanning, 23, as Carter 

Fanning, 23, also acted as a producer on the show. 

Although Roy and Carter lived just over 30 miles apart near Boston, the two met while both were visiting Florida in 2012.

The two carried on a relationship via text from that point on despite rarely seeing each other, even though they lived within an hour’s drive.

Although Carter referred to herself as Roy’s girlfriend, he didn’t use that terminology and only referred to her as a friend. 

Portrayal: The beginning of the trailer sees Fanning as Carter breaking down in tears as she tells her parents at the dinner table that 'Conrad's dead'

Portrayal: The beginning of the trailer sees Fanning as Carter breaking down in tears as she tells her parents at the dinner table that ‘Conrad’s dead’

After Roy began sharing his suicidal thoughts with Carter later in 2012, she initially tried to convince him that he has ‘so much to live for,’ according to the New York Times.

She urged him to seek professional help in June 2014, when he again told Carter that he was thinking of killing himself.

But just a month later, she began sending him text messages urging him to kill himself and trying to convince him that his family and friends would eventually accept his death.

Exchange: Text messages between the pair are then shown on screen, where Carter asks her boyfriend 'if he's going to do it'

Exchange: Text messages between the pair are then shown on screen, where Carter asks her boyfriend ‘if he’s going to do it’

‘Everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on,’ she wrote in a text message shared in court.

Although Carter’s defense blamed her text messages on mental changes brought about by a new anti-depressant she had begun taking, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Carter was released three months early in January 2020 due to good conduct.  

The Girl from Plainville premieres 30 March, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

What motive? Carter is then seen going to court as a narrator questions what motive she would have for telling her boyfriend, who was 18 at the time, to kill himself

What motive? Carter is then seen going to court as a narrator questions what motive she would have for telling her boyfriend, who was 18 at the time, to kill himself

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