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Chris Evans will take a break from fighting Thanos to star in Apple’s ‘Defending Jacob’ series

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As if Chris Evans wasn’t already busy enough fighting Thanos as Captain America, Apple announced today that they have given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to Defending Jacob, a “character-driven thriller” that Evans will be starring in and executive producing, according to Deadline.

Based upon the best-selling novel by William Landay, the series was written and created by Mark Bomback (the writer and executive producer of the Planet of the Apes trilogy) and tells the story of Andy Barber (Evans), an assistant district attorney struggling to come to terms with the fact that his teenage son is accused of committing a heinous crime.

Aside from a couple of stints early on his career, including the short-lived TV series remake of The Fugitive in the early 2000s, Evans hasn’t done much television work over the course of his career, so it should be interesting to see how he tackles this project—one that will really give him a chance to show off those dramatic acting chops.

Evans isn’t the first high-profile name to have an original series in the works over at Apple’s forthcoming streaming service, though, as Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, and Jason Momoa all have projects lined up for the new platform, which is expected to launch next year.

But with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, and so many other streaming services and TV networks already available at our fingertips, will Apple really be able to make a dent in this crowded industry? Will they really be able to offer us something the others haven’t already? Will it really be worth spending money on?

Yeah, probably. They’re fucking Apple.

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A television series based on ‘Love, Simon’ is in the works at Disney’s new streaming service

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A series adaptation of Greg Berlanti’s gay coming-of-age dramedy Love, Simon is in the works at Disney+, the company’s new streaming service expected to debut later this year, sources tell Silver Screen Beat.

The series, which will feature an entirely new cast, will be based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Leah on the Offbeat, a sequel to the hit book that Love, Simon was based on.

Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the script for the 2018 movie, will serve as showrunners on the series, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Berlanti will have no involvement with the project due to his exclusive overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Love, Simon, which starred Nick Robinson as the title character, a closeted, gay teenager who struggles with coming out to his family and friends, was both a critical and box office success, grossing more than $66.3 million worldwide on a $17 million production budget.

The film also starred Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tony Hale, Logan Miller, and Talitha Bateman.

The Love, Simon series joins a growing list of premium original programming that will be featured on Disney+, including several series based on the company’s Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

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On the heels of its season two premiere, ‘Barry’ gets renewed for a third season at HBO

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HBO has renewed its hit Emmy-nominated comedy series Barry for a third season, the premium cable network announced Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of the show’s second season premiere on March 31.

The critically acclaimed show was created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, who stars in the title role. The current season follows Barry as he attempts to untangle himself from the world of contract killing and fully immerse himself in acting.

Season two cast regulars include Stephen Root as Barry’s handler, who is alarmed to contemplate a future without his primary source of income; Sarah Goldberg as a dedicated acting student who becomes the object of Barry’s affection; Anthony Carrigan as an unfailingly polite mobster; and Henry Winkler as a pompous yet endearing acting teacher who takes Barry under his wing.

For its first season, Barry picked up three Emmy nominations including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Hader, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Winkler, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

In addition to creating the show, Berg and Hader executive produce the series with co-executive producer Aida Rodgers. Julie Camino and Jason Kim produce alongside co-producers Duffy Boudreau and Amy Solomon.

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Andre Holland cast in the lead role in Damien Chazelle’s new Netflix series ‘The Eddy’

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Andre Holland is heading back to Netflix as Silver Screen Beat has learned that the Moonlight star has been tapped for the lead role in Oscar winner Damien Chazelle‘s musical drama series The Eddy.

Set in contemporary multicultural Paris, The Eddy, which comes from Endeavor Content, revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series is set to begin shooting on location in France later this year.

Holland, who will also serve as a co-executive producer on the series, is playing Elliot Udo, a once celebrated jazz pianist from New York who now resides in Paris as the part-owner of a failing jazz club, spending most of his time hiding from the people around him.

Elliot has an on-again-off-again relationship with the lead singer of his band but finds himself emotionally stunted. However, when his 15-year-old daughter suddenly shows up, he has to face his weakness and learn to grow up.

Chazelle, who is a developing a new drama series for Apple’s upcoming streaming service, will direct the first two episodes of The Eddy from scripts written by Jack Thorne, who wrote six of the eight episodes. Chazelle, Thorne, Glen Ballard, and Alan Poul, who is directing the final two episodes, are executive producers.

Holland appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s basketball-themed sports drama High Flying Bird earlier this year, which was also distributed by Netflix.

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