Toby Kebbell has signed on to star in M. Night Shyamalan‘s new streaming series for Apple. The title and overall plot are being kept under wraps, but it is known that Kebbell will play Sean Turner, the husband of Lauren Ambrose’s Dorothy Turner. This young married couple brings in a young nanny, Leanne Grayson (‘Game of Thrones” Nell Tiger Free) to help care for their new baby. ‘Harry Potter”s Rupert Grint has a supporting role as Dorothy’s younger brother Julian Pearce.
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. Ashwin Rajan of Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures will also executive produce as will Escape Artists’ Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch. Taylor Latham serves as co-executive producer.
Kebbell is known for both his live-action acting and motion capture performances. Last year, he portrayed Koba in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and Kong in ‘Kong: Skull Island’. He also appeared in ‘Skull Island’ in the flesh as Jack Chapman. Earlier this year, he starred in the flop ‘The Hurricane Heist’, and the political biopic ‘The Angel’. Kebbell will next be seen the crime drama ‘Destroyer’ opposite an almost unrecognizable Nicole Kidman. He is attached to star in the Valiant Comics film adaptation ‘Bloodshot’.
Apple has numerous original streaming projects in development, which it plans to offer for free to owners of its devices. In addition to the Shyamalan series, Apple is working on 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 is taking a unique approach with its content, by offering it in short 15-minute (approximately) doses rather than full 30-minute to one hour episodes.
At this time, it is unknown when this initiative will launch. Check back for more info as it becomes available.