First Look: Daisy Jones & The Six – Everything We Know So Far About The TV Adaptation
At long last, we have a launch date, stills and even the promise of an accompanying album for one of the book industry’s most hotly anticipated screen adaptations of 2023, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel Daisy Jones & The Six – and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s everything we know so far.
Daisy Jones & The Six: Everything We Know So Far About The TV Adaptation
Plans to adapt Daisy Jones & The Six have been in the pipeline for over four years now, with Prime Video snapping up the rights more than half a year before the book was even published in March 2019. It’s another Reese Witherspoon passion project, following similar page-to-screen adaptations of Gone Girl (2014), Big Little Lies (TV, 2017–19), Little Fires Everywhere (TV, 2020) and Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) with her media company Hello Sunshine.
Over the years, we’ve gleaned some insight into casting decisions and actors have been spotted on location, but developments have been few and far between, with the pandemic (of course) playing a key role in delays. Filming was supposed to begin in 2020 but, as Sam Claflin (one of the show’s stars) recently told Vanity Fair, ‘We had all just got to LA and had our first sort of get-together, [then] we went out to dinner and then we all went home and disappeared for like a year and a half. It was quite frustrating.’
However, Claflin believes the production freeze was ultimately to their advantage: ‘By the time we got back out to Los Angeles June of last year, I think we were all so pumped and so excited to see one another – and we’d all improved so massively musically – that we then immediately just sort of gelled as a band,’ he told Vanity Fair.
What is Daisy Jones & The Six About?
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel transports us to 1970s America, where rock band The Six are rising to the top of the music industry with the help of collaborations with solo artist Daisy Jones, a hit album and a nationwide tour. Told in reported speech through a series of interviews that emulate a documentary, the book was always destined for the screen. And, with a cast of characters loosely based on Fleetwood Mac’s real-life romances and turbulences, it’s sure to evoke the ‘70s erratic wildness, soundtracked by nostalgic guitar riffs.
Prime Video writes that the series ‘[details] the rise and precipitous fall of a renowned rock band. In 1977, Daisy Jones & The Six were on top of the world. Fronted by two charismatic lead singers – Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin) – the band had risen from obscurity to fame. And then, after a sold-out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field, they called it quits. Now, decades later, the band members finally agree to reveal the truth. This is the story of how an iconic band imploded at the height of its powers.’
Prime Video has confirmed the series will maintain the documentary feel and interviews with the band, with the book split over 10 episodes released on a weekly basis.
When Will Daisy Jones & The Six Be Released?
The first episode of Daisy Jones & The Six will be available to watch on 3 March 2023 on Prime Video in more than 240 countries. Then, episodes will be released every Friday until 24 March. So, still a little while to wait – but Prime Video are keeping us keen, with a new, longer teaser trailer released in January 2023, following the initial date announcement teaser released in early December 2022. Watch the longer, tantalising teaser below:
Progressing from the initial (meagre 18-seconds-long) teaser, the new trailer hints more at the series’ format, showing Daisy (Riley Keough) speaking to the camera in the documentary-style the book is known for. ‘Look, I know that I said that I would tell you everything’, she says, wearing a dusky pink silky blouse, with long auburn hair and a side swept blunt fringe – embodying the older Daisy partaking in the retrospective documentary decades after the rise (and subsequent fall) of the band. ‘But how much of everything do you really want to know?’
Then, we see flashbacks to the Daisy Jones & The Six golden era, with campervans speeding across the desert, behind-the-scenes moments at gigs and in the recording studio, and the band performing at a range of concerts. Specifically, the trailer is soundtracked by an original song, ‘Regret Me’, which was dreamed up by Reid when penning the novel. The song has been turned into reality with the help of music producer Blake Mills, who has previously worked with the likes of Sky Ferreira, Fiona Apple, John Legend and Laura Marling.
If that weren’t enough, Daisy fans are in for an even bigger treat: the entirety of Aurora, the fictional band’s debut album, has been created by Mills, who enlisted musicians Phoebe Bridgers, Madison Cunningham, Marcus Mumford, Jackson Browne and more to assist with co-writing and transforming Reid’s lyrics (which can be found at the end of the novel) into a real album.
‘We finally have Aurora,’ Reid shared in a statement. ‘A stunning, nostalgic, timeless album that captures the drama, pathos, and yearning of the band’s zenith and nadir all in one. A snapshot of time, intoxicating and dangerous. That delicious moment that you know can’t last… Daisy Jones and The Six are real. And they are better than my wildest dreams.’
Aurora will be released on 3 March 2023 across music streaming platforms, and vinyl copies of the album can be pre-ordered online. ellemarrecords.com
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Who Will Star in Daisy Jones & The Six?
The full cast has been announced, with Riley Keough (Elvis’ granddaughter, also seen in The Girlfriend Experience and The Terminal List) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You, Love, Rosie) clinching the lead roles of Daisy and Billy respectively. The full cast is as follows:
- Riley Keough as Daisy Jones, lead singer of Daisy Jones & The Six
- Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne, lead singer of The Six (which later combines with Daisy to form the titular band) who sings and writes with Daisy
- Camila Morrone as Camila Dunne, Billy’s wife
- Will Harrison as Graham Dunn, Billy’s brother and bandmate in The Six
- Suki Waterhouse as Karen Sirko, keyboardist in The Six
- Josh Whitehouse as Eddie Roundtree, guitarist in The Six
- Sebastian Chacon as Warren Rhodes, drummer in The Six
- Nabiyah Be as Simone Jackson, Daisy’s friend
- Tom Wright as Teddy Price, a music producer
- Timothy Olyphant as Rod Reyes, manager of The Six
First Look At Daisy Jones & The Six
All images courtesy of Prime Video.
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