The Variety reports that Claire Danes will replace Keira Knightley as the lead in an upcoming Apple TV series ‘Essex Serpent’. Knightley left the series in October 2020 due to undisclosed reasons. The star of the popular series ‘Homeland’, Danes is an award-winning actress who has earned four Gloden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Screen actors Guild Awards.
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‘Essex Serpent’ – new Apple TV series will star Claire Danes
Directed by Clio Bernard and written by Anna Symon, Essex Serpent is the tale of newly widowed Cora played by Claire Danes, who is a survivor of an abusive marriage. Intrigued by stories of a mystical creature called the Essex Serpent in Aldwinter in Essex, she moves that small village from Victorian London.
“The Essex Serpent” will be directed by Clio Bernard with Anna Symon serving as head writer. Both will also executive produce along with Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Patrick Walters, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman. Andrea Cornwell will serve as producer. See-Saw Films will produce for Apple. The series is commissioned out of the U.K. by Apple’s heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and creative director for Europe worldwide video, Jay Hunt. – Variety
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