In 2020, Phoebe Waller-Bridge collected three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for season 2 of her Amazon Prime series Fleabag. Next, she’s executive-producing Run, a comedy-thriller series created by Waller-Bridge’s writing partner Vicky Jones and starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson. Below, everything we know about the new show, including a look at its first trailer.
When does Run premiere?
The half-hour show premieres on HBO April 12 at 10:30 p.m. EST. If you’ve settled into a streaming-only routine, Run will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand.
What’s it about?
The series explores an unconventional pact made between two college exes. Wever (Unbreakable) and Gleeson (Ex Machina) star as former flames Ruby and Billy, who made a pact to run away together when one texts the other “RUN.”
Waller-Bridge will have a recurring role in the series as Laurel, a woman Billy and Ruby meet on their journey. Other guest stars include Rich Sommer (Mad Men) as Laurence, Ruby’s husband; Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) as Fiona, Billy’s former assistant; and Tamara Podemski (Coroner) as police detective Babe Cloud.
An official plot description, via HBO, reads:
Ruby Richardson walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs to revisit her past with her college boyfriend, Billy Johnson. The two made a pact 17 years earlier: If either one of them texted the word “RUN” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station and travel across America together.”
In addition to Jones, Waller-Bridge, and eOne studio, the series is produced by Jenny Robins, Kate Dennis, Emily Leo, and Oliver Roskill of Wigwam Films.
Is there a trailer?
On February 27, the first teaser trailer for Run premiered, showcasing Ruby and Billy’s mysterious dash to a train station. This comes after each grapples with a text that simply reads, “RUN.” In a Before Sunrise-like twist, if either person receives that message from the other, they must flee to a train station together.
In mid-March, the show’s first full-length trailer was released. While on the train, Ruby and Billy unpack their romantic history and individual reasons for texting each another. There’s romance, action, and a cameo from Waller-Bridge as a beanie-clad drifter. For now, additional details, including the pair’s breakup, are being kept under wraps.