Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in negotiations to star in Presumed Innocent, the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series adaptation of Scott Turow’s bestselling novel of the same name. The series comes from David E. Kelley, J.J. Abrams and Dustin Thomason.
Presumed Innocent: Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to star in David E. Kelley and J.J. Abrams limited series at Apple TV+
According to Variety, based on Scott Turow’s 1987 novel of the same name, Presumed Innocent tells the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own is suspected of the crime, and explores obsession, sex, politics and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.
Gyllenhaal will play “Rusty Sabich, the fervent prosecutor accused of killing his close colleague after evidence begins to point in his direction.” Presumed Innocent was ordered to series in February. Kelley is adapting the novel for television and will serve as showrunner, executive producer for via David E. Kelley Productions along with Matthew Tinker.
Presumed Innocent was previously adapted for a 1990 film starring Harrison Ford as Sabich. Kelley’s version will be a “reimagining” of Turow’s novel that will explore “obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.”
Abrams executive produces alongside Rachel Rusch Rich for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. Thomason, Sharr White and Gyllenhaal executive produce, while Turow and Miki Johnson serve as co-executive producers. Warner Bros. Television is the studio on the project.
On the work front, Gyllenhaal most recently led the voice cast of Disney’s animated feature Strange World. He will next be seen in Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant and Doug Liman’s Road House remake. Presumed Innocent will mark his first major TV role.
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