Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Negga will star in an upcoming television adaptation of the 1990 legal drama Presumed Innocent, which starred Harrison Ford.
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Negga have been tapped to star in J.J. Abrams’ television adaptation of the 1990 film Presumed Innocent. Based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent was developed into a film three years later, and starred Harrison Ford as prosecutor Rozat “Rusty” Sabich. The film follows Rusty as he investigates the murder of his colleague, but things become complicated when Rusty finds himself implicated in the crime. In February, it was announced that Apple TV+ ordered an eight-part television adaptation of Presumed Innocent, with David E. Kelley and J.J. Abrams developing the series.
In December, it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal is in final talks to star in Presumed Innocent as Rusty, and now, Deadline has reported that Ruth Negga has joined the series as Barbara Sabich. Played by Bonnie Bedelia in the 1990 film, Barbara is Rusty’s wife, an artist whose life is turned upside down when her husband is accused of murdering his mistress. Negga is best known for her role as Tulip in the AMC series Preacher, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 2016 for her role as Mildred in the film Loving.
Everything We Know About Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent will be created by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and David E. Kelley Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Kelley will serve as the series showrunner, executive producer, and writer, while Abrams will executive produce. Though Gyllenhaal’s role hasn’t been fully confirmed yet, he has signed on as an executive producer on the series. There is no word yet on a release date or filming schedule, but Kelley has teased that his adaptation of the film will be “exploring obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.“
Though a legal drama series is something relatively new for Abrams, Kelley has decades of experience in the field. Prior to becoming a TV writer and producer, Kelley worked for a Boston law firm, dealing with real estate and minor criminal cases. After his career move to television, Kelley would go on to create, write, and produce several major legal dramas, including Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and The Lincoln Lawyer. Kelley was also a writer for L.A. Law and Doogie Howser M.D.
With Abrams and Kelley at the helm, alongside major actors Gyllenhaal and Negga, Presumed Innocent seems to be set up for success. Though still waiting for a confirmation of Gyllenhaal’s casting, he is in final talks to secure the role, and with his confirmation as an executive producer on the series, his casting looks promising. Though it may still be quite a while before the series hits screens, legal drama fans can look forward to Kelley’s adaptation of Presumed Innocent.
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