After a little over a year, Apple TV+ has solidified itself as a streaming service with a wealth of quality original films and TV series. Thanks to the success of shows like Servant and Ted Lasso paired with films like Wolfwalkers and Palmer, Apple is incessantly bolstering its catalog. Up next, the streamer will produce a series adaptation of the popular 2019 novel Lady in the Lake. As first reported by Deadline, Lupita Nyong’o and Natalie Portman will co-star in the series.
Written by Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake takes place in 1960s Baltimore. Following a tragic and unsolved murder, an inquisitive mother named Maddie Schwarts, portrayed by Portman, decides to dedicate her life to investigative journalism. However, her new lease on life places her on a collision course with a struggling mother with a passion to advance the progressive Black agenda named Cleo Sherwood, portrayed by Nyong’o.
The limited series adaptation will be directed by Honey Boy director Alma Har’el. Additionally, Har’el co-created the series as well as penning the script alongside Dre Ryan (The Man In The High Castle). Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) is-board as an executive producer via his Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America production banners. Portman and Nyong’o will produce the project as well. Apple Studios will produce the series in collaboration with Anonymous Content.
Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most celebrated actors of her generation. The actress earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, becoming the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win that honor. Additionally, her roles in the Star Wars and Black Panther franchises have made her a household name. Up next, Nyong’o will appear in the action-spy film The 355 opposite Jessica Chastain and Penélope Cruz. No stranger to the Star Wars or Marvel universes herself, Portman will return as Jane Foster in the highly-anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder. Moreover, Portman is an Academy Award winner in her own right for her role in Black Swan.
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