Defending Jacob is described as a gripping, character-driven thriller based on Landay’s 2012 novel published by Random House. The series will unfold around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and follows an Assistant District Attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice, and his unconditional love for his 14-year-old son, who is being accused of murder.
The limited series stars Chris Evans as Andy Barber in his first major TV role after 17 years since appearing in Fox’s Skin in 2003. It will also feature Emmy nominee Michelle Dockery as Laurie Barber and Jaeden Martell as Jacob Barber along with two-time Emmy winner Cherry Jones as Joanna Klein, Pablo Schreiber as Neal Logiudice, Sakina Jaffrey as Lynn Canavan, Betty Gabriel as Paula Duffy, Paul Wesley as Bobby, Leighton Meester as Sara, Kat Graham as Rose, Daniel Henshall as Leonard Patz, Matt Lanter as Jason, Poorna Jagannathan as Dr Elizabeth Vogel and Jake Picking as Jake.
Written by Mark Bomback from Landay’s best-selling novel, the limited series will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum will direct the series and executive produce alongside Evans.
Warner Bros. originally planned to adapt Defending Jacob into a feature film back in 2012, but nothing ever materialised.