Ruth Negga is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (who is in final negotiations) in Apple TV+’s Presumed Innocent.
The upcoming limited series is based on Scott Turow’s 1987 book that was first adapted into feature in 1990. The courtroom thriller starred Harrison Ford and Bonnie Bedelia in the role Gyllenhaal and Negga are expected to star as.
Presumed Innocent is the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own is suspected of the crime.
Negga will play Barbara Sabich. Barbara is an artist, gallerist, mother and wife whose life is upended when her husband, Rusty Sabich (Gyllenhaal), is accused of murdering his mistress. Barbara fights to keep her family intact as she tends to her broken heart and broken marriage, and contends with her husband’s highly publicized trial.
The series will be exploring obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.
Anne Sewitsky will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
The upcoming limited series from David E. Kelley, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, where the company is based.
Kelley, who is a lawyer by trade also serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the series, which hails from Bad Robot Productions and David E. Kelley Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Abrams and Rachel Rusch Rich executive produce for Bad Robot. Kelley executive produces through David E. Kelley Productions alongside Matthew Tinker. Gyllenhaal, Dustin Thomason and Sharr White also serve as executive producers. Turow and Miki Johnson are co-executive producers.