A dramatic legal tale centered on Walmart is coming to Netflix.
Kings of America, a limited series, will follow the tale of three women who are each involved with Walmart around the time of an enormous class-action lawsuit against the big-box retailer, the streaming giant said today at the CTAM virtual press tour (which is partially replacing the annual Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, canceled this year due to the pandemic).
The limited series will, according to the logline from Netflix, center on “three powerful women whose lives were inextricably intertwined with the world’s largest company: a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher who dared to fight against the retail giant in the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S. history.”
Sharp Objects and American Hustle star Amy Adams will play one of the three female leads. She’ll also executive produce the series through her production company, Bond Group Entertainment, alongside her manager, producer Stacy O’Neil.
Diana Son, the executive producer and writer of Netflix teen drama hit 13 Reasons Why, will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Director and writer Adam McKay, who worked alongside Adams in the 2018 film Vice, will direct the first episode and will also executive produce the series, along with Betsy Koch.
Netflix didn’t offer up more information about the real-life inspiration for the limited series, but Walmart faced a drawn-out legal battle two decades ago, when Betty Dukes, a 54-year-old Walmart employee based in California, claimed sex discrimination at the company in a 2000 lawsuit. The plaintiffs sought to represent up to 1.5 million women who presently or formerly worked at Walmart stores and experienced gender discrimination during their employ.
Ultimately, the case, Walmart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, snaked its way to the Supreme Court, whose conservative majority ruled in 2011 that the case could not proceed as a class-action suit despite the presented statistical and anecdotal evidence of discrimination at the retailer. The case, the New York Times wrote at the time of Dukes’ death in 2017, “was seen as setting higher barriers for bringing nationwide class actions against a large company with many branches.”
A premiere date for the limited series has not yet been set.