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Chris Evans to star in Boston-centric miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’

Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”
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Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”

This is like the Boston-palooza of TV news items. Chris Evans, a movie star from Boston, is going to star in and executive produce the adaptation of a novel by Boston author William Landay.

The novel is “Defending Jacob,” which became a bestseller after its 2012 release. Set in Newton, it’s about a father coping with the accusation that his 14-year-old son murdered a classmate.

The limited series will be eight episodes, and it will be available on yet another streaming outlet: Apple. Mark Bomback, whose screenwriting credits include “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Insurgent,” and the upcoming “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” has adapted Landay’s novel. Director Morten Tyldum, whose credits include “The Imitation Game,” for which he got an Oscar nomination, will take the helm.


For Evans, this will be a return to series TV. Back in 2000, the actor now identified with the “Captain America” movies had a regular role in the short-lived Fox show “Opposite Sex” with Milo Ventimiglia.

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