Apple TV+ has released the first trailer for Defending Jacob, a bleak, melancholy mystery-thriller starring an immaculately-bearded Chris Evans. The series, which is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by William Landay, also stars Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Jaeden Martell (IT), Cherry Jones (Transparent), J.K. Simmons (Counterpart), and Pablo Schrieber (American Gods).
Evans plays Andy Barber, a Massachusetts district attorney whose high school-aged son Jacob (Martell) is accused of murdering a classmate. Based on the trailer this, looks kind of great, with the whole idea of an internal story at the center of a massive media circus giving off strong Gone Girl vibes. It’s always nice to see Evans flex his dramatic muscles instead of his…muscle muscles, and Michelle Dockery is putting together a really intriguing post-Downton Abbey resume between this and Guy Ritchie‘s The Gentlemen.
Check out the trailer below. Defending Jacob debuts with its first three episodes on Friday, April 24.
Here is the official synopsis for Defending Jacob:
In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son. Based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, this limited drama series stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Sakina Jaffrey, Betty Gabriel, and J.K. Simmons.