“My Brilliant Friend” will conclude the book about Elena and Lila’s journey. The Italian and Neapolitan television series has been renewed for a fourth and final season by co-producers HBO and RAI. Based on the acclaimed four-book “Neapolitan Novels” series by Italian author Elena Ferrante, the series is about the coming of age of two best friends, Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo, who grew up in a poor neighborhood of Naples.
Set in the 1950s, the intelligent but shy Elena continues her education and eventually rises into the wealthy elite, while the outspoken Lila is kicked out of school by her parents and struggles with an abusive marriage. Named after the first novel in Ferrante’s series, the series adapted each book into an eight-episode season, with the fourth season set to adapt the final book, “The Tale of the Missing Boy.”
The first three seasons of “My Brilliant Friend” starred Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace in the central roles of Elena and Lila. Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti played the characters as young children in the first season. In season 4, Elena’s role will be played by Alba Rohrwacher, who, as an old version of the character, provides a look at her own life throughout the series. Casting for the old version of Lila has yet to be announced.
“My Brilliant Friend” was created by Saverio Costanzo. Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo wrote the story and screenplay for the series. Paolo Sorrentino and Jennifer Schuur serve as executive producers, and the series is produced internationally by Fremantle with RAI Com. The third season of “My Brilliant Friend”, titled “These Who Leave and That Who Stay”, aired on HBO and Italy’s RAI 1 last month.