Keira Knightley signs up for Apple TV drama

BANG! NEWS – Keira Knightley (pic left) has signed up for new Apple TV+ period drama The Essex Serpent. The streaming giant is working with See-Saw Films – the production company behind The King’s Speech and Top of the Lake – on an adaptation of Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel of the same name.

As reported by Deadline, Keira will take on the lead role of newly widowed Cora in the upcoming period drama.

Perry’s book, set in 1893, follows Cora as she relocates from Victorian London to the village of Aldwinter in Essex are being released from an abusive marriage.

There, she becomes intrigued by a local superstition involving a mythical creature – the titular Essex Serpent – which is said to have returned to the area.

The small screen adaptation has been written by Mrs Wilson scribe Anna Symon, while Dark River Director Clio Barnard will be at the helm.

The drama follows Slow Horses – which stars Gary Oldman – as one of a number of Apple TV+ commissions coming from the UK.

The platform has also worked on Suspicion – featuring Uma Thurman – which is a remake of Israeli drama False Flag.