Chris Evans has been tapped to executive produce and star in "Defending Jacob," a drama based on the book by William Landay. Evans, best known as Captain America in the Marvel movie franchise, will play a man whose 14-year-old son is the prime suspect in a murder.
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Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell Join Chris Evans in Apple Series ‘Defending Jacob’
“Downton Abbey” alum Michelle Dockery and “IT” star Jaeden Martell have signed on for lead roles in the Apple limited series “Defending Jacob,” Variety has learned.
They join previously announced series lead Chris Evans. The series is based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. It tells the story of Andy Barber (Evans), a father whose 14 year old son Jacob (Martell) is accused of murder. Dockery will star as Laurie Barber, Andy’s wife and Jacob’s mother.
In addition to her Emmy-nominated role as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” Dockery also received an Emmy nod for her role in the Netflix western limited series “Godless.” She most recently starred in the TNT series “Good Behavior. She will also reprise her role for the “Downton Abbey” film, which is set to be released later this year, and will star in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film “Bush.” She is repped by WME.
Martell (formerly Lieberher) starred as Bill Denbrough in the hit feature remake of “IT” and will reprise the role in the upcoming sequel. He previously starred in the Golden Globe-nominated film “St. Vincent” as well as the films “The Book of Henry” and “Midnight Special.” He will also star in the upcoming Rian Johnson film “Knives Out.” On the TV side, he appeared in nearly a dozen episodes of the Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” He is repped by CAA and Emily Cho Management.
The series was created, written, and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who will also serve as showrunner. It will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman executive producing for Anonymous Content. Academy Award-nominee Morten Tyldum will executive produce and direct the series. Evans will also executive produce.
Crime Drama Miniseries To Be Filmed In Newton There will be film crews working on scenes at Cold Spring Park, Newton Highlands and at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus. By Jenna Fisher, Patch Staff | Mar 21, 2019 9:45 am ET
NEWTON, MA — The Garden City is ready for its close up. A murder mystery TV series is slated to start filming at Cold Spring Park in April. If you notice road closures and a number of folks dressed like police officers running through the woods in the area, that's probably why.
Author William Landay, a Newton resident, set the main murder in his 2012 best-seller "Defending Jacob," right here and the producers of the crime drama miniseries decided to film here, too.
Chris Evans of Captain America fame is starring in the series, which is being produced by Paramount Pictures for Apple TV. The eight-episode series promises to take viewers along the journey of Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney who is investigating the murder of a 14-year-old boy and then comes to find out his son is a suspect.
The author Landay and his family have lived in Newton Highlands since 2004. The best-selling New York Times author appears to have been just as inspired by his work as an assistant DA in the Middlesex County DA's Office as he was by his surroundings in his hometown.
There will be film crews working on scenes at Cold Spring Park, Newton Highlands and at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus.
TV Series Starring Chris Evans to Film in Worcester’s Grafton Hill on April 4 Posted by Patrick Sargent | Mar 27, 2019 | Entertainment, Arts, Film, Headlines, News | 0
WORCESTER – Paramount Television will be filming on Ingleside Ave in Worcester’s Grafton Hill area on Thursday, April 4.
Paramount will be filming scenes for Apple TV Plus — Apple’s new streaming service — series “Defending Jacob” starring Marvel’s “Captain America” star, Chris Evans.
According to the Hollywood Reporter: “Created and written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy) based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, the limited series comes from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Counterpart, Jack Ryan) is attached to direct the series and executive produce.”
“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.”
The filming will take place at 7 Ingleside Ave from 11 AM to 2 PM. There will be no parking on Ingleside Ave from Clarendon St. to Plantation St. from 7 AM to 3 PM.
The limited drama series, “Defending Jacob,” will also star actors Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell.
Apple TV Plus will be launching sometime this Fall.
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.
Chris Evans Begins Filming 'Defending Jacob' - See the Set Photos!
The 37-year-old actor was seen filming a dramatic scene on the set of the Apple TV show on Monday (April 1) in Boston, Mass. Chris‘ character was apparently seen rear-ending another car and yelling at the other driver before that driver sped away.
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The series landed a straight-to-series order at Apple. It’s unclear when the show will debut. Michelle Dockery also stars.