Brie Larson to executive produce and star in Apple period series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

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Brie Larson appears in “Captain Marvel.” [Marvel Studios photo]

Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) plans to star in and executive produce the upcoming Apple drama series “Lessons in Chemistry,” Variety reports.

“Lessons in Chemistry,” which has earned a straight-to-series order, will be adapted from the upcoming novel from Bonnie Garmus, due out in spring 2022 via Doubleday. In the UK, the debut novel from Garmus – an  author, science editor, and copywriter – will be pushed by Transworld. It has sold in more than 35 countries to date, according to Variety.

Larson will play Elizabeth Lott in the period series, which will be set in the 1960s. After her dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society that has determined that women belong in the home and not the workplace, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab. So, she accepts a job as a host on a television cooking show and sets out to teach a nation of unappreciated housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, while eager to return to her beloved science.

Apple Studios will produce.

Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) will pen and executive produce the series. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan also will executive produce under their Aggregate Films shingle, which produces shows like “Ozark” at Netflix, “A Teacher” at FX on Hulu and “The Outsider” at HBO.

Larson – who will next be seen on film in “Captain Marvel 2,” currently slated to open in theaters in 2022 – has previously appeared on TV in shows like “United States of Tara,” “Raising Dad” and “Community.”

“Lessons in Chemistry” is the second Apple series slated to star Larson. She was previously announced as the star of the streamer’s drama series “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA,” based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox and her memoir. But that project is currently on hold, according to Variety.



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