M. Night Shyamalan‘s mysterious series for Apple‘s upcoming slate of original programming will be made available to stream for free for users of its devices (Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, etc.). The title and plot of this series is being kept under wraps for now, but Rupert Grint will play the supporting role of Julian Pearce, the younger brother of main character Dorothy Turner, who will be played by Lauren Ambrose (‘The X-Files’, ‘Six Feet Under’). Beyond that, the plot is known to center on Dorothy and her husband Sean (currently uncast), a young married couple who hire a nanny named Leanne Grayson to help care for their newborn baby. Leanne will be played by Nell Tiger Free, previously known for ‘Game of Thrones’. This new series was created by British TV writer Tony Basgallop (‘Hotel Babylon’) and received a straight-to-series order. Basgallop and Shyamalan will executive produce with Shyamalan directing the first episode.
Among the other projects that Apple has in the pipeline are: a new sci-fi series from ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Outlander’ creator Ronald D. Moore; an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ novels from David S. Goyer; a series inspired by the 1981 Terry Gilliam movie ‘Time Bandits’; and a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, plus additional projects from Francis Lawrence (‘The Hunger Games’), Jon M. Chu (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) and Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’).
Apple’s plans to move into the streaming arena were first made public in October 2017, but eyebrows raised in October of this year when it was reported that these programs would be devoid of any potentially offensive content, including profanity, nudity, sex, excessive violence and gore, drugs, religious or political imagery and even excessive “darkness.” Thing were clarified weeks later when it was revealed that all of this content would be free to all users of Apple products, regardless of age or background.
Grint can currently be seen on the series ‘Sick Note’ on Netflix, which co-starred Nick Frost and Don Johnson. It originally aired on Sky One in the UK last year. He also just wrapped the second season of Crackle’s ‘Snatch’ (based on the Guy Ritchie movie), as well as the BBC series ‘ABC Murders’ opposite John Malkovich.
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