'Shirley': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Hulu's upcoming film starring Elisabeth Moss

'Shirley': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Hulu's upcoming film starring Elisabeth Moss
Shirley Jackson (Neon)

The American biographical film 'Shirley', which helped its director Josephine Decker rack the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival is all set to be released on multiple platforms and here’s everything you need to know about it. 

Release Date 

‘Shirley’ will drop on June 5 on Hulu. A representative of Shirley’s production and distribution company Neon told Insider that the movie will be available to rent and buy on-demand on platforms including iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Fandango Now. 


‘Shirley’ is based on a novel of the same name authored by Susan Scarf Merrell. The official synopsis for ‘Shirley’ reads: "A young couple that moves in with Shirley Jackson and her Bennington College professor-husband, Stanley Hyman, in the hopes of starting a new life. Instead, they find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Jackson's next major novel.”


Elisabeth Moss 

Elisabeth Moss attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

The Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Elizabeth Moss, will be seen as Shirley Hardie Jackson in the movie. She was named the “Queen of Peak TV” by Vulture, owing to her accomplishments in the realm of entertainment. She’s famous for playing Detective Robin Griffin in BBC’s miniseries ‘Top of the Lake’ and June Osborne in Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. 

Michael Stuhlbarg 

Michael Stuhlbarg attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival 'Shirley' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah (Getty Images)

Shirley’s husband Stanley Edgar Hyman will be portrayed by Michale Stuhlbarg, who is known for essaying the troubled university professor Larry Gopnik in the 2009’s film ‘A Serious Man’. He’s also featured in ‘Call Me by Your Name’, ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’. All three films were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture. Srunlbarg also won an Emmy nomination under the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in ‘The Looming Tower’. 


Josephine Decker has helmed Sarah Gubbins’s script for ‘Shirley’. The film is distributed by Neon, while Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Elisabeth Moss, Sue Naegel and Sarah Gubbins have served as the producers. 



The official trailer for Shirley was released by Hulu on May 8. The one-and-half-minute clip sees a young couple move into Shirley and Stanley’s home, unaware of the couple’s dark secrets. When their arrival begins to interrupt Shirley’s routine while she’s writing a masterpiece, she and her husband decide to toy around with the naive couple. The compelling trailer manages to send chills while promising much more in the movie. 

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