Harry Potter actress joins new Apple comedy series

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Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton made our skin crawl as Dolores Umbridge.
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Tim Cook’s home state might become the backdrop of one of Apple’s new TV shows for 2020. Or at least, it’s lending its name to it.

In its first comedy co-production with the BBC, Apple has tapped Imelda Staunton to star in a new eight-part series that will also feature Darren Boyd and Phil Davis called Alabama.

Staunton is probably most recognizable to Americans for her role as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies. Her credits in the U.K. are very impressive though and she’s been nominated for 13 Olivier Awards.

Alabama

Details on the plot of Alabama are still being kept under wraps. Comedy writer and former stand-up Andy Wolton has signed up to write the show. Production is reportedly underway right now with Castatrophe’s Jim O’Hanlon directing and BBC Studio’s head of comedy, Chris Sussman, serving as producer.

Alabama likely won’t air until sometime in 2020. Apple gave a preview of its upcoming TV shows at an event in March. The first slate of shows is set to come out this fall. It was revealed this morning that one of the most anticipated shows See has a budget that is on par with Game of Thrones.

We’ll likely find out more details of Apple’s TV service, such as pricing and launch date, at the company’s annual fall iPhone event.