First look: Chris Evans in Defending Jacob, arriving on Apple TV+ this April
Staff Reporter | On 21, Jan 2020Reading time: 3 mins
Chris Evans fans wondering when they can next see the actor in action only have to wait until April, with new series Defending Jacob on the way to Apple TV+.
The thriller, based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, stars Evans alongside Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey. The limited series unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an assistant district attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.
Defending Jacob is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, and created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who also serves as showrunner. The series is directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, who also serves as executive producer. Evans also executive produces, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman, who executive produce for Anonymous Content.
The series will premiere its first three episodes on Apple TV+ on Friday 24th April, with new episodes then arriving on Fridays.
Michelle Dockery joins Chris Evans in Apple’s Defending Jacob
23rd March 2019
Michelle Dockery has joined the cast of Chris Evans’ new Apple series, Defending Jacob.
Based on the novel of the same name by William Landay, the series asks what you would do if your child was on trial for murder. It follows Andy Barber, who finds himself having to defend his son, Jacob, from accusations of committing a stabbing at his school.
Adapted by Mark Bomback (the Planet of the Apes trilogy), the series is produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, who already have an untitled Hilde Lysiak project in the works at Apple, with Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) at the helm. He will exec-produce the show, alongside Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman and Bomback, who will serve as showrunner.
Chris Evans will also exec-produce as well as star in the lead role. Now, he’s got some co-stars to join him, with Michelle Dockery signing on to play Laurie Barber, the wife of Andy Barber (Evans) and mother of Jacob. Dockery is no stranger to streaming, having recently starred in Netflix Western Godless. The Downton Abbey alumn will be joined by It star Jaeden Martell as their son, Jacob.
Chris Evans to star in Apple’s Defending Jacob
24th September 2018
Chris Evans will star in Defending Jacob, a new limited series for Apple’s upcoming TV service.
Based on the novel of the same name by William Landay, the series is adapted by Mark Bomback (the Planet of the Apes trilogy). The book asked what you would do if your child was on trial for murder, and follows Andy Barber, who finds himself having to defend his son, Jacob, from accusations of committing a stabbing at his school.
The series is produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, who already have an untitled Hilde Lysiak project in the works at Apple. Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) attached to helm the show. The director, who was Oscar nominated for The Imitation Game, is no stranger to streaming: he has since directed Jack Ryan for Amazon Prime Video. He will exec-produce the show, alongside Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman and Bomback, who will serve as showrunner.
Evans will also exec-produce the project as well as star, as the actor continues to move away from his iconic turn as Captain America – his attachment to the Apple series follows a run on Broadway in Lobby Hero. Apple has ordered eight episodes.
It joins a number of star-studded projects in the works at Apple’s fledgling TV platform, including an adaptation of Time Bandits, the aforementioned Hilde Lysiak series starring The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince, a series from M. Night Shyamalan starring Nell Tiger Free and Lauren Ambrose, a Ron Moore sci-fi series starring Joel Kinnaman, a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology, a series from Reese Witherspon, a comedy from Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney, and See, a new drama from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence.