Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Apple Limited Series
Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong'o will topline a limited series at Apple TV+.
The two will play leads in Lady in the Lake, based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Laura Lippman. Apple has given a straight to series order to the project, which marks Portman's first regular TV role. It's also the first American series for Nyong'o, who had been attached to Americanah at HBO Max before the project was scrapped due to a scheduling conflict.
Lady in the Lake is set in Baltimore in the 1960s, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent herself as an investigative reporter. Her new calling puts her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Nyong'o), who juggles motherhood, several jobs and a commitment to the city's Black progressive agenda.
Endeavor Content is producing the series along with Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America. Alma Har'el (Honey Boy) is writing the first episode and will co-write the remaining episodes with Dre Ryan (The Man in the High Castle, Colony). Har'el is also set to direct.