“Defending Jacob” is the Apple TV+ limited series which premiered on April 24, 2020. The crime drama is based on William Landay’s novel of the same name. the series consistes of eight episodes in total.
The creator , writer and producer of the television series is Mark Bomback. The entire series is directed by Morten Tyldum.
Andy, a respected assistant district attorney, and Laurie, a child-care worker, who live in a quaint New England suburb with their 14-year-old son, Jacob (Jaeden Martell) is played by Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery.
One of Jacob’s classmates is found stabbed to death in a park one day not very far from the town’s middle school. Jacob being bullied by the victim and online rumors that he had a knife, cause the Barbers’ son to be a prime suspect are the circumstances in the case.
Their lives begin to crumble as other information comes to light very soon such as the fact that Andy’s father Billy (J.K. Simmons) is serving time for killing and raping a young woman years before this particular incident took place.
“Live Free or Die Hard” (2007), “The Wolverine” (2013) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014) is written by Bomback who is primarily a screenwriter.
For directing 2014’s “The Imitation Game,” which was also a contender for Best Picture Tyldum was Oscar-nominated TV episodes of “Counterpart” and “Jack Ryan.” Are directed by him.
Cast includes award- worthy Simmons, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 2014’s “Whiplash.”
Jacob’s defense attorney is played by Cherry Jones who is a two-time Tony winner and a two-time Emmy champ, claiming a supporting trophy for her work on “24” and a guest prize for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
For three consecutive Emmys for her lead drama role as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey” and also for the Western limited series “Godless” Dockery was nominated.