The last time Chris Evans starred in a murder mystery, his character walked away in handcuffs, but on Apple TV+'s new series Defending Jacob, the actor is taking on a more protective role. Evans stars alongside his Knives Out costar, Jaeden Martell, and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery on the miniseries based on the novel of the same name by William Landay.
The eight-episode miniseries follows assistant district attorney Andy Barber (Evans) as his quiet, suburban life is torn apart when his son, Jacob (Martell), is accused of brutally murdering his high school classmate. Although Andy and his wife, Laurie (Dockery), believe in their son's innocence, damning evidence, their failing marriage, and the contempt of their neighbours force them to wonder how far they would go to protect their child. Judging by the preview, we're going to say pretty damn far.
Whew, we sure do love a thriller! The series marks Evans's first major television role since he starred on The Opposite Sex in 2000 and Dockery's return to the small screen following Downton Abbey. Watch the trailer for Defending Jacob above and get ready to dive into the mystery when it hits Apple TV+ on April 24.