First Look: ‘Defending Jacob,’ Starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery to Premiere April 24 on Apple TV Plus

Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans stars in "Defending Jacob". Photo Credit: Apple TV+

Apple today announced Defending Jacob, a gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay about a 14-year-old accused of murder, will premiere its first three episodes exclusively on Apple TV+ starting Friday, April 24, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday. 

Created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy), Defending Jacob is an eight-episode limited drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an Assistant District Attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice, and his unconditional love for his son.

Starring Chris Evans (Knives Out, Avengers), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Godless), Jaeden Martell (It, Knives Out), Cherry Jones (24, The Handmaid’s Tale), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Betty Gabriel (Counterpart, The Purge: Election Year) and Sakina Jaffrey (Timeless, House of Cards).

Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum will direct the series and executive produce. Chris Evans stars and executive produces, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman who executive produce for Anonymous Content.

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