Cruel Summer UK release date confirmed for August on Amazon Prime Video

Photo credit: Freeform/Bill Matlock
Photo credit: Freeform/Bill Matlock

Cruel Summer finally has a release date in the UK.

The psychological thriller premiered back in April on Freeform in the US, with its many twists and turns gripping fans every week, and in a couple of months, international viewers will be able to enjoy the first season too.

The series will launch on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 6.

Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

Boasting a nonlinear narrative, episodes of Cruel Summer focus on the same day over three different summers in the 1990s – in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

The 10-part first season centres on Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), a popular teen who goes missing in 1993, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), a girl who becomes nationally despised in America when Kate makes a serious accusation against her in 1995.

The cast also includes Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Brooklyn Sudano, Blake, Lee, Allius Barnes, and Nathaniel Ashton.

The season 1 finale airs in the US next week. Last month, executive producer Tia Napolitano spoke about the importance of delivering satisfying answers when it comes to mystery shows.

Photo credit: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels
Photo credit: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels

"We knew we had to do this right. We knew we had to deliver the actual truth," she said. "We couldn't fake the audience out. We couldn't skip over it and just jump forward to a different mystery and brush past it.

"We knew we had to drill down and uncover the actual truth, and that’s hard."

Last week's US episode had a big twist over Kate's disappearance, while Barnes, who plays Vince, debunked a major fan theory ahead of the finale. (Note: There are spoilers in both of those links.)

Cruel Summer airs on Freeform in the US and will stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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