The Essex Serpent FIRST LOOK: Claire Danes wears an elaborate Victorian costume in the TV adaptation of the historical novel … as she takes on her first role since Homeland
- The 41-year-old actress stars as Cora Seaborne in upcoming Apple TV + show based on Sarah Perry’s bestselling novel
- The six-part series is set in the Victorian era and follows Cora as she enjoys her newfound freedom after the death of her abusive husband.
- Claire takes on lead role after Keira Knightley drops out for personal reasons amid Covid-19 pandemic
- This is her first acting job since finishing filming as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland last year.
Claire Danes was first pictured as Cora Seaborne in the new Apple TV + series, The Essex Serpent.
A new photo released on Saturday showed the actress, 41, sporting an elaborate Victorian gown as she plays a widower who relishes her newfound freedom following the end of her abusive marriage.
The period drama, based on the bestselling Sarah Perry novel, marks Claire’s first role since filming as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland last year.
On set: Claire Danes sports an elaborate Victorian dress as she plays Cora Seaborne in the new Apple TV + series, The Essex Serpent, marking her first acting role since Homeland last year
In an unseen photo from the new show, the actress hides her linen braids under a strawberry blonde wig and is dressed in a brown velvet dress.
Set in the 1890s, the drama follows Cora as she moves away from the bustle of London and finds a home in the small Essex village of Aldwinter.
Shortly after arriving, she is intrigued by a local superstition, a mythical sea serpent known as the Essex Serpent who has returned to the area.
The production of See-Saw is directed by Clio Barnard, who is best known for her work on the film The Selfish Giant in 2013. The show is produced by Andrea Cornwell.
In the character: The period drama, based on the bestselling Sarah Perry novel, follows the widower who relishes his newfound freedom after his abusive marriage
Anna Symon will be the lead writer, her resume includes writing for the British historical drama series, Ms Wilson in 2018 and the 2019 Deep Water miniseries.
Clio and Anna will serve as executive producers alongside Jamie Laurenson, Patrick Walters, Hakan Kousetta, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, according to Deadline
Apple gave the green light last year and ordered The Essex Serpent made into a limited six-part series.
The original publication was named Book of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2017 in addition to the Waterstones Book of the Year award.
Curious: Set in the 1890s, Cora leaves London for the Essex village of Aldwinter and becomes intrigued by the local superstition of a mythical sea creature that haunts the area
Claire succeeds Keira Knightley, who was originally chosen for Cora, but had to abandon the project for personal reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keira, 35, who has been called the Queen of Period Pieces after starring in films like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, has confirmed she is stepping down in October due to child custody issues.
A representative told People magazine that month: ‘As COVID cases increase in the UK and additional lockdown and restriction rules are potentially imposed, with so many unknowns there was no no comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of childcare required for production of 4.5 months. ”
Meanwhile, Claire is still living up to the success of the political thriller Homeland, which ran for eight seasons from 2011-2020.
She first made waves on television with Jared Leto in the popular teen series My So-Called Life, between 1994 and 1995.
The following year, the New York native was paired with Leonardo DiCaprio in the romantic crime tragedy film Romeo + Juliet.
Among her most famous roles is the HBO film Temple Grandin, for which she plays a young woman with autism. It was released in theaters in 2010.
Original first lady: Claire takes over from Keira Knightley, who was originally chosen for Cora, but had to abandon the project for personal reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic (pictured in 2020)