Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o head to Apple TV+ for Lady in the Lake
James R | On 11, Mar 2021
Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o are the latest star names to head to Apple TV+ for new series Lady in the Lake.
Directed and co-written by Alma Har’el, the series is an adaptation of Laura Lippman’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. The limited series takes place in 60s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Nyong’o), a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.
The project marks Natalie Portman’s first foray into television, as well as Alma Har’el’s first television project. All three women will serve as executive producers along with Dre Ryan, who will co-create and co-write the series with Har’el, who will write the pilot.
Produced by Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America, it is also executive produced by Har’el’s producing partner Christopher Leggett through her new production company, Zusa, and Portman’s producing partner Sophie Mas. Crazyrose principals Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross will also serve as executive producers and Julie Gardner will executive produce for Bad Wolf America, with Lippman also on board as an EP.