Apple TV has released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries, “Defending Jacob,” and it promises to be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name written by William Landay.
Chris Evans (“Knives Out”) stars as Andy Barber, the father of Jacob, who has to deal with allegations that his son has committed murder. Evans’ “Knives Out” co-star Jaeden Martell stars as Jacob, while Emmy Award Nominee Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) stars as mother Laurie.
The following is the synopsis for “Defending Jacob” as written by Apple TV to accompany the trailer’s release:
In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.
The rest of the ensemble includes Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Sakina Jaffrey (“House of Cards”), Cherry Jones (“Motherless Brooklyn”), Pablo Schreiber (“American Gods”) and Betty Gabriel (“Get Out”). The series has been created and written by Mark Bomback, whose writing credits including “Outlaw King” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” while Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) directs. It marks Tyldum’s third foray into television, having previously directed the pilots of “Jack Ryan” and “Counterpart.”
“Defending Jacob” is the latest venture in Evans’ post-Marvel career, having starred in the acclaimed Academy Award nominated film “Knives Out” toward the end of 2019. He also serves as an executive producer on the miniseries, along with Tyldum, Bomback, Adam Shulman, and Rosalie Swedlin.
The miniseries marks the latest original programming for Apple TV+, which debuted in November last year with “The Morning Show,” “For All Mankind,” and “See,” among others. “Home Before Dark” starring Brooklyn Prince (“The Florida Project”) is also slated for an April release on Apple TV+.
Below is the trailer for “Defending Jacob,” as posted on Apple TV’s official YouTube channel.