Defending Jacob: Chris Evans to star in Apple original drama

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Chris Evans has signed up to star in Defending Jacob, an original drama series being made by Apple. The show is based on the book of the same name by William Landay.

Nabbing a star of Chris Evans’ stature is quite the get for Apple, with this being the Captain America actor’s first TV gig since way back in the year 2000 (when he appeared in a miniseries named Opposite Sex). Variety reports that Defending Jacob has been ordered straight to series, which gives you some idea of Apple’s confidence in the project.

The showrunner will be Mark Bomback, who previously penned War For The Planet Of The Apes, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Wolverine, the Total Recall remake, Die Hard 4.0 and The Umbrella Academy series for Netflix.

Morten Tyldum will direct the series. His previous credits include Passengers, The Imitation Game and the pilot episode of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for Amazon.

As for the story, GoodReads describes the Defending Jacob book as “the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis – a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.

“Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.”

Sounds like it could be quite the thriller! This project certainly has our attention, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as it develops.