Apple adds male lead to its M. Night Shyamalan TV series

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Kebbell at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International.
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Actor Toby Kebbell has been cast as the male lead in Apple’s forthcoming psychological series from director M. Night Shyamalan. Kebbell will likely be best known to readers for his role as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.

He has also made memorable appearances in the revenge movie Dead Man’s Shoes and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, as well as appearing as Dr. Doom in the critically panned Fantastic Four. Here’s who he will be starring alongside.

Playing opposite Kebbell will be Six Feet Under actress Lauren Ambrose, Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter movies, Nell Tiger from Game of Thrones, and others. The series is being written by British TV writer Tony Basgallop, best known in the U.S. for writing episodes of 24.

The plot for the series has yet to be officially revealed. However, it reportedly follows parents played by Dorothy and Sean Turner (Ambrose and Kebbell) who hire a young nanny to look after their newborn child. Grint will play Dorothy’s younger sibling.

The first season will consist of 10 episodes, each 30 minutes in length. Shyamalan will act as executive producer, and will direct the first episode.

Apple TV streaming service coming in 2019

So far, Apple has commissioned dozens of television programs to be filmed, with a total budget of more than $1 billion. While it hasn’t revealed exactly how it will be distributing them, Apple apparently plans to give them away for free to users.

So far, it all sounds very promising — from the range of shows Apple has commissioned to the names it has pulled in, which include the likes of Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa and even Steven Spielberg. The only note of caution is that Apple apparently wants these shows to be squeaky clean family-friendly content. Whether that can compete with more adult shows like Game of Thrones remains to be seen.

The streaming service will allegedly debut in the first half of 2019, initially in the United States. A global launch will follow shortly after.

Source: Deadline