Presumed Innocent: Ruth Negga to Star with Jake Gyllenhaal in David E. Kelley & JJ Abrams’ Apple TV+ Series

Passed and Preacher actor Ruth Negga joins Jake Gyllenhaal for Presumed innocent, an upcoming limited series for Apple TV+. Gyllenhaal is in final negotiations to star in the project from David E. Kelley (The exercise, Big Little Lies) and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV. Inspired by Scott Turow’s courtroom thriller, Presumed innocent revolves around a vicious murder that shakes up the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of their agents becomes a suspect in the crime.

Kelley’s version of the story isn’t the first time Turow’s tale has worked its way to screens. In 1990, a long version with Harrison Ford, Raul Julia and Greta Scacchi hit the cinemas. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film grossed $86,303,188 worldwide. Kelley’s version is said to explore themes of obsession, sex, politics and the power and limits of love as the accused struggle to keep aspects of their lives from falling apart.

According to DeadlineGyllenhaal’s exclusive report will star Barbara Sabich, an artist, gallerist, mother and wife whose life is turned upside down when her husband, Rusty Sabich (Gyllenhaal), is accused of murdering his mistress. Throughout the ordeal, Barbara struggles with the fallout of her husband’s misdeeds and strives to keep her family close and heal her broken heart.

Kelley, who is an actual lawyer, wrote the series. He also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Additionally, Abrams and Rachel Rusch Rich are producing for Bad Robot. Matthew Tinker executive produces through David E. Kelley Productions with Gyllenhaal, Dustin Thomason and Sharr White executive producing. Turow and Miki Johnson co-executive produced. Finally, it is Anne Sewitsky who directs and produces the first two episodes.

Negga has the main role in the 2021s Passed, from director Rebecca Hall. Written by Hall and based on the novel by Nella Larsen, Passed follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities. Tessa Thompson and André Holland star alongside Negga in Passedwhich is available to stream on Netflix.

Are you intrigued by Kelley’s version of Presumed innocent? What would you do if you discovered that your partner was in a relationship with another person? Love is a battlefield, my friends. Proceed with caution.

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