Oscar and Tony-nominee Ruth Negga (“Passing,” “Preacher”) has been set to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the “Presumed Innocent” limited TV series for Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television and the Apple TV+ service.
Based on the famed 1987 novel by Scott Turow, the story begins with a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own – fervent prosecutor Rozat ‘Rusty’ Sabich (Gyllenhaal) – is suspected of the rape and murder of his close colleague Carolyn Polhemus.
The tale explores obsession, sex, politics and the power and limits of love as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.
Negga will play Barbara Sabich, an artist, gallerist, mother and Rusty’s wife whose life is upended by the scandal and the highly publicized trial that comes with it.
The property was previously adapted into the 1990 film of the same name starring Harrison Ford in the Gyllenhaal role, Bonnie Bedelia in the role Negga is playing, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Paul Winfield, Jeffrey Wright and Greta Scacchi. The key roles of Rusty’s lawyer (Julia) and the victim (Scacchi) in this version have yet to be cast.
The new version hails from executive producers Gyllenhaal, David E. Kelley, J.J. Abrams, Matthew Tinker, Rachel Rusch Rich, Sharr White, and Dustin Thomason. Kelley is adapting and will serve as showrunner on the series, while Anne Sewitsky will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.