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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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Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ will star Billy Porter, Tony Hale, and Morena Baccarin

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With season 2 of Jordan Peele‘s revival of The Twilight Zone officially on the way, CBS All Access has announced at least some of the stars that will be featured in the upcoming episodes, which will debut on the streaming service later this year.

Season 2 of The Twilight Zone will feature the likes of Pose star Billy Porter along with Tony Hale, Chris Meloni, Gillian Jacobs, Morena Baccarin, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Abbie Hern, Sophia Macy Tavi Gevinson, Joel McHale, Jimmi Simpson, and Daniel Sunjata.

Peele, who hosts and executive produces The Twilight Zone along with Simon Kinberg, also appears to have written an episode for the new season titled “Downtime,” which will star Baccarin, Hale, and Colman Domingo.

Details about six of the upcoming Twilight Zone episodes can be found below.

Episode: “Downtime”
Starring Morena Baccarin, Colman Domingo and Tony Hale
Written by Jordan Peele

Episode: “The Who of You”
Starring Daniel Sunjata (Graceland), Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie) and Billy Porter (Pose)
Written by Win Rosenfeld

Episode: “A Human Face”
Starring Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Chris Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) and Tavi Gevinson (Person to Person)
Written by Alex Rubens

Episode: “8”
Starring Joel McHale (Community)
Written by Glen Morgan

Episode: “Among the Untrodden”
Introducing Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy
Written by Heather Anne Campbell

Episode: “Meet in the Middle”
Starring Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) and Gillian Jacobs (Love)
Written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini

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Bong Joon Ho and Adam McKay are bringing ‘Parasite’ to HBO in the form of a limited series

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In a rather unfortunate but not particularly surprising development, THR is reporting that HBO has won an intense bidding war against Netflix to acquire the rights to adapt Bong Joon Ho’s 2019 feature film Parasite into a limited series.

While details about the project are still relatively unknown, we do know that Joon Ho is attached to the series as an executive producer along with Adam McKay. Beyond that, though, it looks like specifics are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being.

Indeed, the fact that Joon Ho will be a part of the project in some capacity is promising, to say the least, but the fact Parasite can’t stand alone on its own as the masterwork that it is and has to be remade for American audiences in a limited series format is pretty damn shameful.

Of course this kind of shit was inevitable the moment Parasite turned into the global, cultural phenomenon that it has become; there’s certainly no doubt about that. But surely no one in their right in mind is clamoring for an English-language miniseries version of a movie that hasn’t even been out in America for more than three months, right?

If that is the case, then this quote from Joon Ho at the Golden Globes is even more relevant now than it was before: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

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Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ trailer reveals the long-awaited adaptation of the graphic novels

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The streaming wars will only be getting more intense in 2020 and Netflix really appears to be stepping up their game heading into the first quarter of the new year as evidenced by all of the trailers they’ve released today, including this one for the first season of Locke & Key.

Based on the best-selling graphic novels by Joe Hill, Locke & Key follows three siblings who move to their ancestral home following the death (OK, murder) of their father and discover a set of magical keys that grant them with a wide array of powers and abilities.

Little do the siblings know, however, that a sinister, demonic entity occupies their home as well and is deadset on taking the keys for itself and will stop at nothing to obtain them.

Carlton Cuse, Aron Eli Coleite, and Meredith Averill developed the series, which stars Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Sherri Saum, Griffin Gluck, and Darby Stanchfield.

As someone with little to no knowledge about the source material, I think this looks pretty great! The synopsis sounds intriguing enough and the whole visual aesthetic of the show is right in my wheelhouse; consider me sold.

Locke & Key hits Netflix on February 7.

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