She may be best known for her work on the big screen, but it’s between the ears that actress Demi Moore will next be appearing. The actress and film producer will start in and produce QCode’s new scripted dramatic podcast called Dirty Diana. Premiering Monday, July 13, the six-episode podcast is based on a story from writer and director Shana Feste. It tells the story of a dying marriage and how two partners find their way back to each other through perseverance, connection and sex. Qcode says that for anyone craving a new form of erotica, Dirty Diana portrays sex and longing from a female gaze, with female pleasure at its center.
"We are so excited to help bring Shana Feste’s riveting and titillating story to life alongside Demi Moore,” said a QCode rep. “Dirty Diana brings the fresh perspective of sex through an all-female lens with characters you are truly invested in."
Moore will serve as an executive producer, along with QCode’s Rob Herting and Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones & Fred Berger, Shana Feste and Jennifer Besser through their Quiet Girl Productions.
Moore stars alongside Claes Bang, Betsy Brandt, Mackenzie Davis, Carmen Ejogo, Max Greenfield, Dayo Okeniyi, Penelope Ann Miller, John Tenney, Rhys Wakefield and Dolly Wells, with cameos from Gwendoline Christie, Chris Diamontopolus, Lena Dunham, Melanie Griffith, Ava Grey, Andrea Riseborough, Rosa Salazar, Lili Taylor and Lesley Ann Warren.
There is a high probability that the podcast is being used as a testing ground for the story, for potential development elsewhere. That is because QCode is a podcast and media studio launched in 2018 by former CAA agent Rob Herting in partnership with production company Automatik and management firm Grandview. The company is focused on working with creators to originate and innovate stories in the audio format that have the potential to grow and be adapted in other mediums, including television series and feature films.
Hartling told Variety that the podcast was recorded using Zoom because of the COVID-19 lockdowns with Moore participating from Idaho. “This is a new outlet for storytelling,” he said. “It can move more quickly than TV and film.”