Lady in the Lake, a new limited series starring Academy award-winning actors Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o, will air on Apple TV Plus, the streaming service announced through a press release on Wednesday.
A release date hasn’t been announced yet.
2020 The one & only Natalie Portman took me to the Oscars on her cape alongside some of my favorite women directors… One plague later I get to burn the screen with her & the masterful Lupita Nyong’o 🙌 Thank you to the whole team and to Laura Lipman #Ladyinthelake pic.twitter.com/EJt8rJOSUq
— Alma Har’el🌪 עלמה (@Almaharel) March 10, 2021
The series is an adaptation of The New York Times best-selling novel authored by Laura Lippman (who is also one of the executive producers of the series) by the same name.
“The limited series takes place in ’60s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Nyong’o), a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda,” the press release stated.
The series will be directed and written by Alma Har’el, the Israeli-American music video and film director. Filmmaker Dre Ryan will co-create and co-write the series along with Har’el. Ryan will also be one of the executive producers of the show.
Lady in the Lake will be backed by production companies Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America. Meanwhile, Har’el along with producing partner Christopher Leggett through her new production company, Zusa, will serve as executive producer. Along with the filmmaker, Portman and Nyong’o will also be the executive producers. Portman’s producing partner, Sophie Mas, is also another executive producer.
According to Apple TV Plus, Lady in the Lake is Har’el’s first television project. Her latest film, Honey Boy (2019), which is also her feature film debut, earned her the Sundance 2019 Special Jury Directing Award for Craft and Vision. Har’el is also the first woman to win the DGA Award for First-Time Feature Film. She is also the first woman in the award’s history to get nominated for both commercial directing and narrative directing categories, the press release added.