Variety reports today that ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans has signed on to Apple’s upcoming limited series ‘Defending Jacob.’ Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for the drama, according to the report.
Evans hasn’t held a regular TV role since 2000, when he appeared in the miniseries ‘Opposite Sex.’ He’s best known for his role playing ‘Captain America’ in multiple Marvel films.
Apple’s series ‘Defending Jacob’ is said to be based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. Here’s the summary of that novel:
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.
Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
This is just the latest series Apple has ordered based on a novel. The company also has a series coming based on the novel ‘Are You Sleeping?,’ which will star Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, and more.