The Wilds premiered on December 11, 2020 on Amazon Prime.
The Wilds created by Sarah Streicher and executive produced by Amy B Harris explores the challenges and difficulties of being a teenager in modern society. After a plane crash eight teenage girls are left stranded on a deserted island left to fend for themselves. In the process eight girls are able to learn more about themselves and each other through their experience being stranded on an island forced to depend on one another for survival.
For actress Rachel Griffiths, developing the rhythm and tone of her character Gretchen Klein is something she became fully invested in from the moment she read the script.In her own words The Wilds was “one of the three best pilots I’ve read in my life… it’s like discovering a novelist that is gonna be a friend for your life.” The characters are multidimensional and with each episode the layering of each character and their storylines deepens the plot of the series.
Troy Winbush and David Sullivan they were patient with their characters and they’re evolution. The two actors allowed the progression of their characters to evolve with the script and set. The two actors relied on each other and their costars to build the various power dynamics that exist with their roles.
The brainchild of Sarah Streicher was skillfully brought together through the dedication of the cast and crew. The characters, their complex lives, and their own evolution is woven into the struggles of surviving life on a stranded island. The cast focused on understanding the lives of their characters and their characters’ timelines. The cast members also invested time into developing the various speech patterns, and body language of the characters in order to show how their characters’ various realities intersect.
The show will also show the challenges of being an adolescent in today’s world. The Wilds challenges the idea that maybe being on a stranded island might have more in common with being a teenager than people realize. Audiences will see the beauty of friendship, the power of teens, and what life might be like being stranded on an island in a digital age.