Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown, the forthcoming Loki) will star in The Essex Serpent, a new Apple Original drama series adapted from Sarah Perry’s bestselling and 2016 British Book Award-winning novel of the same name (buy at Amazon).
Hiddleston will play the lead role of Will Ransome, the trusted leader of a small rural community. The Essex Serpent follows newly widowed Cora (played by Claire Danes) who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.
The series will be directed by Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor) and adapted from the novel by Anna Symon (Deep Water, Mrs Wilson). Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Patrick Walters, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman will executive produce the show alongside Clio Barnard and Anna Symon. Andrea Cornwell will serve as producer. The series is produced by Emmy and Academy Award winning production company See-Saw Films.
The series will join a growing slate of Apple Original series from global award-winning storytellers, including highly-anticipated series Masters of the Air, a new limited drama series from Apple Studios and executive produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman’s Playtone.
Also coming are Slow Horses, an international espionage thriller starring Academy Award-winner Gary Oldman; Pachinko, a highly-anticipated drama series based on the acclaimed novel, and written and executive produced by Soo Hugh; and Shantaram, based on Gregory David Robert’s best-selling novel and starring Charlie Hunnam.
In the works as well are Echo 3, a new action-thriller set entirely in South America and written by Academy Award-winning producer and writer Mark Boal; Acapulco, a new Spanish and English language half-hour comedy series starring and executive produced by Eugenio Derbez; Suspicion, a high-paced thriller starring Uma Thurman and based on the award-winning Israeli series False Flag; and Dr. Brain, a new Korean-language sci-fi thriller written and directed by visionary filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon.
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