What We Know So Far About “Wellmania” on Netflix

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Australian comedian and actress Celeste Barber is teaming up with streaming giant Netflix to create a new dramedy series called Wellmania, which follows a woman who is thrust into a wellness journey after being forced to make significant lifestyle changes for the sake of her health.

Wellmania is a Netflix original series co-created and produced by Brigid Delaney and Benjamin Law, who were both inspired by Delaney’s novel Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness (The Family Law).

Writing will be overseen by Belinda King (The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting) and Jude Law (also an Executive Producer). Script Producer and writer Romina Accurso (The Heights, Spreadsheet) will be joined by writers Nick Coyle (Sarah’s Channel) and Amy Stewart (Hardball, The Heights) on the show.

The project was praised by actress Celeste Barber, who said:

I can’t contain my enthusiasm for this endeavor; everyone involved is fantastic. We’ve been at it for a while, and I can’t wait to share the results with everyone! Wellmania has all the qualities I look for in a story: strong, multifaceted female protagonists. I’m delighted to be an executive producer for Netflix, to bring this Australian tale to an international audience, and to have a say in how things get done.

Produced by Barber, Chris Oliver-Taylor, and Warren Clarke for Fremantle Australia, with Bree-Anne Sykes in the role of executive producer. On top of what had already been said, Clarke said:

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This opportunity to collaborate with Celeste Barber and Netflix is a dream come true for Fremantle Australia. We eagerly anticipate the series’s reception in Australia and beyond.

What is the Plot of Wellmania?

According to Deadline, here is the logline for Netflix’s Wellmania:

Liv (Barber), a human tornado, suffers a significant health issue that makes her reevaluate her ‘live fast, die young’ philosophy. She dives headfirst into a quest for health and tries everything from conventional medicine to alternative therapies in an effort to get better quickly and resume her previous lifestyle.

The book was praised for shedding light on contentious wellness procedures advocated by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, whose show The Goop Lab! is included on the streaming service Netflix.

Who is Cast in Wellmania?

A member of the cast for Wellmania, Celeste Barber, was revealed in December 2021. Movies directed by Barber include “Back the Outback,” “The Letdown,” “How Not to Behave,” and many more.

What Netflix’s Director of Content in Australia and New Zealand, Que Minh Luu, had to say about Barber’s hiring:

The goal of Netflix Australia and New Zealand, which Celeste personifies, is to make Australians and New Zealanders universally beloved for being their unique, hilarious selves. It is inherent to the human condition to seek health and purpose, and in the aftermath of a global pandemic, this yearning has taken on greater significance. We are thrilled to have someone of Celeste’s warmth and comic talent lead our members through the ups and downs of self-improvement and self-understanding.

Added cast members for the Netflix series were revealed in March of 2022.

As stated in the article:

  • Amy Kwan, a reporter and Liv’s best friend, is played by JJ Fong (Creamerie).
  • The role of Liv’s mom, Lorraine Healy, was played by Genevieve Mooy (The Dish).
  • Gaz Healy, Liv’s brother, is played by Lachlan Buchanan (Station 19).
  • For the role of Gaz’s fiance, Dalbert Tan, the film cast Remy Hii (Spider-Man: Far From Home).
  • The role of Liv’s romantic interest, Isaac Huang, is played by Alexander Hodge (Insecure, Resort to Love).
  • In her role as Editor-in-Chief of The Sydney Standard, Simone Kessell (Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Night Agent) plays the part of Helen King.
  • Liv’s New York editor, Valerie Jones, is played by La Brea’s Virginie Laverdure.
  • In the role of Amy’s husband, Doug Henderson, we have Johnny Carr (Five Bedrooms).
  • Otto, Miranda (The Unusual Suspects, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).
  • Ms. Leah Vandenberg (Here Out West, The Hunting).
  • Aben Young Aden (Rectify).

When Does Wellmania Come Out on Netflix?

Officially, Netflix hasn’t said when Wellmania will be available, but we can tell you that the series will be available in its entirety on January 15, 2023.

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This is supported by the fact that Brigid Delaney’s book is also set to come out in January 2023.

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A report from BookBrunch (paywall) says that the book “will be released in paperback and ebook form in January 2023 to coincide with the same-named Netflix series.”

What’s the Status of Wellmania?

Production Weekly says that the whole thing took place in Gadigal Country, Eora Nation in Sydney, Australia.

The movie was shot in the beginning of 2022.

How Many Episodes of Wellmania Will There Be?

Wellmania on Netflix will have eight episodes, and each one will be half an hour long.

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