Lena Dunham and her husband Luis Felber have co-created a romantic comedy series titled “Too Much” for Netflix. Megan Stalter and Will Sharpe are set to star.
“Too Much” follows Jessica (Stalter), a New York workaholic in her mid-30s who is reeling from a broken relationship that she thought would last forever and slowly isolating everyone she knows. When every block in New York tells a story of her own bad behavior, the only solution is to take a job in London, where she plans to live a life of solitude like a Brontë sister. But when she meets Felix (Sharpe) — who is less Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill” and more Hugh Grant’s drunken roommate — she finds that their unusual connection is impossible to ignore, even as it creates more problems than it solves. Now they have to ask themselves: Do Americans and Brits actually speak the same language? The series is an ex-pat rom-com for the disillusioned who wonder if true love is still possible, but sincerely hope that it is.
Per the official character descriptions, “If you’d met Jessica ten years ago, you would have been blinded by her inner light — but life has taken her on a walkabout, when she thought she was just taking a quick jog. Felix upends all her expectations, but it turns out that trusting someone is scarier than trusting no one. Felix is a very different kind of 35 – acting eternally 18, dressed like a punk elf, running as fast as he can from a trauma he can’t name, sleeping with every woman who stays in the bar past closing time and waking up wondering why he can’t just enjoy a night alone. Born in the U.K. and raised between English boarding schools and his extended family in Japan, he feels neither here nor there. Making music is his only consolation — music that no one listens to.”
Dunham writes and directs “Too Much,” which features original music from Felber. Dunham and Felber executive produce alongside Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Michael Cohen, Surian Fletcher-Jones and Bruce Eric Kaplan, with Camilla Bray as producer. The 10-episode series hails from Universal International Studios’ Working Title Television as well as Dunham’s Good Thing Going banner.
“Too Much” will be the first series created by Dunham since “Camping,” which ran on HBO for one season in 2018. Dunham is best known as the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls,” which ran for six seasons from 2012 to 2017. In 2022, Dunham wrote and directed the films “Sharp Stick” and “Catherine Called Birdy.”
Stalter is best known for playing Kayla in the Max comedy “Hacks,” with other credits including the 2023 films “Cora Bora,” “Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain” and “Sometimes I Think About Dying.” She is also a touring stand-up comedian and well known for online comedy content. Stalter is represented by UTA, Entertainment 360, Narrative and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Sharpe was recently seen playing Ethan Spiller in HBO’s “The White Lotus.” He has also starred in the BBC One series “Casualty,” BBC Two and Netflix’s “Giri/Haji” and Channel 4’s “Flowers,” which he also created and directed. His other projects as a writer and director include HBO and Sky’s “Landscapers” and the Amazon and StudioCanal film “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.” Sharpe is repped by UTA, Independent Talent Group and Artist Rights Group.