‘Presumed Innocent’ Teaser: Jake Gyllenhaal Stars In Apple Series Remake Of 1980s Legal Thriller

You couldn’t escape legal thrillers in the ’80s and ’90s, they were some of the most reliable box office hits of the time. Presumed Innocent, the 1986 film led by Harrison Ford, was a huge success at the time, earning accolades and a hefty $221M box office. But like all things, it was eventually going to get a remake. The surprising thing is that it’s as an Apple TV+ series, and led by Jake Gyllenhaal in a rare TV role.

Few have taken us into fictional courtrooms more than David E. Kelly, the mind behind The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and Big Little Lies. He’s the creator behind Presumed Innocent, with JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot producing. Gyllenhaal is also an exec-producer on the eight-episode series, with episodes directed by Greg Yaitanes (House of the Dragon) and Anne Sewitsky (Homesick).

Here’s the synopsis: Based on The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Scott Turow, the gripping series takes viewers on a journey through the horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorney’s office when chief deputy prosecutor Rusty Sabich (played by Gyllenhaal) is suspected of the crime. The series explores obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.

Also in the cast are Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, O-T Fagbenle, Chase Infiniti, Elizabeth Marvel, Nana Mensah, Renate Reinsve, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kingston Rumi Southwick.

Presumed Innocent premieres June 12th on Apple TV+.

Travis Hopson
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