Natalie Portman Lupita Nyong’o c Gage Skidmore

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Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong’o

Natalie Portman and director Alma Har’el are set to make their TV debuts on Lady In The Lake, a limited series given a straight-to-series order by Apple TV+.  Lupita Nyong’o will co-star.

Jean-Marc Vallee’s Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America, US branch of Jane Tranter’s UK company Bad Wolf, are producing, with Endeavor Content serving as the studio. 

Har’el and Dre Ryan will co-create and co-write the series, adapted from Laura Lippman’s 2019 novel about a murder case in 1960s Baltimore that sets a housewife and mother on a collision course with a Black progressive movement activist. 

Portman, Nyong’o, Har’el, Lippman and Ryan will serve as executive producers, together with Christopher Leggett for Har’el’s Zusa, Portman’s producing partner Sophie Mas, Vallee and Nathan Ross for Crazyrose and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf America. 

Har’el’s film Honey Boy won her the Sundance 2019 Special Jury Directing Award for Craft and Vision and made her the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award for a first-time feature.