Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin) is to star in See Saw Films The Essex Serpent, a new Apple Original drama series adapted from Sarah Perry’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Danes replaces Keira Knightley who exited the production late last year.

The Essex Serpent follows newly widowed Cora (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). Anna Symon (Deep Water, Mrs Wilson) will serve as lead writer. 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 Essex Serpent” will be produced for Apple TV+ by See-Saw Films, and is commissioned for Apple out of the UK by Apple’s Heads of Worldwide Video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and Creative Director for Europe Worldwide Video, Jay Hunt.

Jon Creamer

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