Lupita Nyong’o and Natalie Portman have both signed up to star in the Apple series ‘Lady in the Lake’ an adaptation of the Laura Lipman novel.
The limited series takes place in 1960s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood (Nyong’o), a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.
Alma Har’el and Dre Ryan will co-write the series which will also see Har’el writing the pilot and directing. Nyong’o and Portman will also executive produce alongside Ryan and Har’el. Crazyrose’s Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross will also serve as executive producers, along with Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf America. Lipmman is also an executive producer on the project.
The role will be Portman’s first on TV, she was last seen in ‘Lucy in the Sky’, ‘Vox Lux’ and ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’. Portman will feature in Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and ‘What If…?’
Nyong’o made her breakthrough with Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’, she has since gone on to star in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and Little Monsters. She is also set to star in the television series ‘Americanah’.