Apple continues to pad out the cast for its Dickinson series, a comedic look at the world of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson.
Joining current cast members Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski will be Toby Huss from Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Anna Baryshnikov from Manchester by the Sea, Ella Hunt from Anna and the Apocalypse, and Adrian Blake Enscoe from Seeds.
All four actors will play regular roles in the series, with Huss as Emily’s father, Baryshnikov as her younger sister, Hunt as her best friend, and Enscoe as her brother.
The series reportedly adopts a “modern sensibility and tone,” despite being set in the 1800s. According to trade publication Deadline, which reported the new casting, it will explore, “the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view.”
The series will consist of half-hour episodes. It’s being written by Alena Smith, who will also act as an executive producer. Smith was previously a writer and co-producer on Showtime’s The Affair. She has also worked as a writer on the HBO series The Newsroom.
Apple’s TV ambitions
Apple currently has upward of 20 original TV shows in production, although it has yet to reveal how it will be distributing them. The Wall Street Journal recently claimed that Apple has pushed its first TV shows back to next March, although there is the possibility they will be delayed again.
That same report also claimed that Apple is aiming for squeaky clean shows with no, “gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.” Tim Cook reportedly stepped in and squashed a series called Vital Signs, a semi-biographic drama based on Dr. Dre’s life, due to its controversial content.