What is Captain America going to do when he’s not saving the world? (Yes, that is a Man of Steel soundtrack joke, and yes, I know it’s not franchise-appropriate.) As it turns out, he’s going to make a TV show with one of the biggest companies on the planet.
The trailer for the new Apple TV Plus series Defending Jacob has Chris Evans, who stars in and executive produces the show, front and center. Based off of the 2012 novel by William Landay, the series follows assistant district attorney Andy Barber (Evans), whose 14-year-old son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) is accused of murder. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery fills out the main cast as Laurie, Andy’s wife. Cherry Jones and J. K. Simmons also appear in the new trailer.
This is Evans’ first significant TV role in almost two decades (the last being 2000 teen drama Opposite Sex), and is even more notable for being the actor’s first real leading role post-Marvel (and one of Apple’s big new calling cards when it comes to breaking into the streaming game).
Defending Jacob is created and written by Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes), and directed and executive produced by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). The series is set to run for eight episodes, debuting on April 24.