Popular WIGS drama Lauren starring Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Jennifer Beals (“The L Word,” “Flashdance”) premieres on Hulu today, Monday, July 15 in longer-form, TV-length episodes. The 15-episode series which originally premiered on YouTube, is available in three, 45-minute long episodes on the platform at www.hulu.com/lauren.
Lauren, which stars Troian Bellisario as the titular character, tells the story of a third-generation soldier who reports her own rape and ongoing assault by her superiors to her female commanding officer Major Jo Stone, played by Jennifer Beals. As Lauren fights the system around her, Stone is forced to navigate the fine line between seeking justice for Lauren and remaining loyal to the institution to which she has dedicated her life.
Although a fictional story, Lauren is a brutally honest portrayal of the obstacles that victims of sexual assault experience while serving in the military. The series is directed by WIGS co-creator Jon Avnet (“Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”) and written by Writers Guild of America Award nominee Jay Rodan and Avnet. It also stars Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), Sean Harmon (“NCIS”), Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24,” “Forrest Gump”) and Justine Ezarik (YouTube channel iJustine).