“Kids ruin your life” sounds like someone spouting a pretty bleak outlook of parenthood. But in Natasha’s case, a baby is quite literally ruining her life. And frankly, ruining the lives of all the people it’s killing too.
The new horror-comedy limited series The Baby premieres on HBO Max in April. The streamer describes the show as “a darkly funny, raw examination of motherhood, from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t want to be one.”
Check out the trailer for the show below.
Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) stars as 38-year-old Natasha, who is furious that her closest friends are all having babies. But when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby of her own, her life dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative, but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want a baby. But the baby definitely wants her.
The series also stars Amira Ghazalla (The Rhythm Section) as Mrs. Eaves, the 70-year-old enigma who has spent the last fifty years living out of her car and seems to be everywhere the Baby is, and Amber Grappy as Bobbi, Natasha’s younger sister, a children’s magician who would love nothing more than to be a parent, to give love and to receive it.
Additional cast members include Patrice Naiambana (Spectre) as Natasha’s father Lyle and Sinéad Cusack (Marcella) as her mother Barbara. The series also stars Shvorne Marks (Endeavour) as Mags, Isy Suttie (Peep Show) as Rita, Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education) as Helen, Seyan Sarvan (It’s a Sin) as Nour, Karl Davies (The Tower) as Jack, and Divian Ladwa (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Fooze.
The Baby comes from co-creators Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer. HBO co-produces the series along with SKY, SISTER, and Proverbial Pictures.
The eight-episode limited series premieres Sunday, April 24 on HBO. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max.