New 'I Am The Night' Trailer Dives Into Story Of Fauna Hodel, The White Woman Given Away At Birth And Believed She Was Black

November 27 2018

A new trailer has been released for Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine's TNT limited series I Am the Night, and it dives further into the true story of Fauna Hodel and how her life is related to the infamous Black Dahlia murder case.

I Am the Night (fka One Day She'll Darken) tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery.

The six-episode series has Wonder Woman helmer Jenkins directing the first two episodes and Black directors Carl Franklin and Victoria Mahoney leading the rest. Sam Sheridan (also the writer), Pine, Jenkins and Franklin are producers.

Chris Pine and India Eisley star with Jefferson Mays, Justin Cornwell, Golden Brooks, Yul Vazquez, Dylan Smith and Jay Paulson rounding out the main cast.

Golden Brooks in 'I Am the Night' | Photo: TNT Golden Brooks in 'I Am the Night' | Photo: TNT

The series is based on the novel One Day She'll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel by Fauna Hodel and J R Briamonte.

The novel's official description: In 1951, Fauna Hodel, the Caucasian offspring of a prominently social California family, was given away at birth to a young Black woman who worked as a restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. The purpose was to ensure that a Black family raises the baby. In her 16-year-old mother’s eyes, Blacks were the far more loving than most everyone she encountered in the white community. To ensure that the child would never return to her emotionally reclusive white family, she made sure her new baby’s birth certificate listed the father as “Negro.” The child, of course, grew up believing that she was of mixed race. She struggled before, during and after civil rights were enacted. Enduring prejudice from both races, she sought out the only person who truly knew where she belonged – her real mother. But after discovering her true identity, she uncovered a family secret even more bizarre than her own – the mysterious world of incest, murder and powerful forces that have kept this story from being told for more than 20 years.

Watch the trailer below:

 

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