Books, Television
Mar 10, 2021

Apple TV Nabs Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o For Upcoming Drama Series

Lady in the Lake, adapted from the novel by Laura Lippman, will mark Natalie Portman’s first regular role on television, accompanied by Lupita Nyong’o.

Courtesy of Frederic Auerbach; Nick Barose/Apple TV+

Double the Oscar winners, double the stakes. These two power-houses are set to play opposite one another in in Lady in the Lake. This page to screen adaptation is based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Laura Lippman. Apple has given a straight to series order to the project, which marks Portman’s first regular TV role. It’s also the first American series for Nyong’o, she had previously been attached to the tv project Americanah on HBO Max, but scheduling conflicts didn’t work out for the show.

Lady in the Lake is set in Baltimore in the 1960s, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent herself as an investigative reporter. Her new calling puts her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Nyong’o), who juggles motherhood, several jobs and a commitment to the city’s Black progressive agenda.

Endeavor Content is producing the series along with Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America. Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) is writing the first episode and will co-write the remaining episodes with Dre Ryan (The Man in the High Castle, Colony). Alma Har’el is also tapped to direct.