Elle Fanning is the spitting image of Michelle Carter in the upcoming series "The Girl From Plainville," which chronicles the sensational trial of the Massachusetts woman convicted of pressuring her boyfriend to take his own life.
While much of the crew behind the series marveled at how similar Elle and the famous convict look, the actress still had to alter her appearance, which included using a forehead prosthetic. Showrunner Patrick Macmanus told Entertainment Weekly that it was important to not sensationalize the story and be as genuine as possible.
In the end, Patrick said Elle used a wig, some light makeup, and a forehead prosthetic to move the actress' hairline back. The idea was to avoid anything from "distracting" from the real story.
Elle posted stills from the show on her Instagram, which prompted January Jones to comment how "uncanny" she looks to Michelle, who was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Michelle's court case made headlines in 2017 as she was accused of convincing her boyfriend Conrad Roy III via text to take his own life three years earlier. Throughout the course of the trial, everything was scrutinized, including her appearance.
"The physicality that Elle found in playing Michelle — she studied all of the courtroom tapes, she studied the documentary [HBO's 'I Love You, Now Die'] — she really threw herself into making sure that the movement and the way she spoke was authentic, as well. So I think that in tandem with the change physically really brings it all together," co-showrunner Liz Hannah said.