‘Essex Serpent:’ Tom Hiddleston Joins Claire Danes in Apple Series

Tom Hiddleston is no stranger to comic book adaptions. This experience will come in handy with his next project. Announced earlier today, Hiddleston will be joining Claire Danes in Apple’s adaption of Sarah Perry’s novel The Essex Serpent. 

Danes will play a newly widowed abuse survivor, who relocates from Victorian London to a small village in Essex. She grows increasingly interested in the local superstition of the Essex Serpent. Hiddleston will play Will Ransome, a trusted leaser of the community.

The series marks Hiddleston’s return to TV after starring in The Night Manager and The Hollow Crown. His new series Loki, in which he reprised his role from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for Disney+ is set to air in June.

Danes is taking over the role for Keira Knightley, who left the project for personal reasons. Clio Bernard is set to direct The Essex Serpent with Anna Symon as head writer. Production started March 15th. [Variety]

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.