Chris Evans to star and executive produce Defending Jacob for Apple
According to Deadline, Apple’s adaptation of William Landay’s novel Defending Jacob has been given an eight-episode straight-to-series order, and will feature Captain America himself, Chris Evans, in not only the starring role, but as executive producer as well.
Defending Jacob is described as a a gripping, character-driven thriller based on Landay’s 2012 novel published by Random House. The book tells the story of a father dealing with the accusation that his son is a 14-year-old murderer.
Written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes) from Landay’s best-selling novel, the limited series will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum will direct the series and executive produce alongside Evans.
Warner Bros. originally planned to adapt Defending Jacob into a feature film back in 2012, but nothing ever materialized.
Evans will next be seen in next summer’s Avengers 4 for Marvel Studios, for what is likely his final stint as Captain America. The actor has also kept busy with gigs on broadway, notably in Lobby Hero. He likewise signed on for the upcoming The Devil All the Time alongside Tom Holland (Spider-Man Homecoming), and will also star in Neill Blomkamp’s Greenland.
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