Jessica Chastain to star in and executive produce Apple TV+ limited series ‘The Savant’

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Jessica Chastain appears on the “Today” show on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. [Photo by Nathan Congleton/NBC]

Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain will star in and executive produce the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series “The Savant.”

The new eight-episode limited series will star the Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award winner in the lead role.

In addition to starring, Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “The Good Nurse,” “George & Tammy,” Broadway’s “A Doll’s House”) will executive produce through her Freckle Films Production Company.

Fifth Season (“Severance,” “Chief of War,” “Lady in the Lake”) and Anonymous Content (the upcoming “Time Bandits,” “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” “Dickinson”) are the studios, according to a news release.

Inspired by a true story published by Cosmopolitan, the storyline and character details are being kept under wraps for “The Savant.” But the series will be written and showrun by Emmy Award nominee Melissa James Gibson (“Anatomy of a Scandal,” “House of Cards,” “The Americans”), whose overall deal is based at Fifth Season.

Academy Award nominee, six-time Emmy Award winner and two-time DGA winner Matthew Heineman (“A Private War,” “Retrograde,” “Cartel Land”) will direct and serve as executive producer

“The Savant” will be executive produced by Chastain, Gibson and Heineman. Kelly Carmichael executive produces alongside Chastain for Freckle Films.

Jessica Giles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, will executive produce, and Brian Madden, senior vice president of development for Hearst Magazines, will produce.

Andrea Stanley, writer of the original Cosmopolitan feature, will consult on the show.


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