‘Marvel’s’ Chris Evans Started Filming His New Apple TV Series – Here’s What We Know So Far

Actor Chris Evans, widely known as Marvel’s Captain America, has been keeping busy since wrapping on Avengers: Endgame. With the trailer for his new movie Knives Out just hitting the airwaves and gearing up for the role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, Evans already has his hands full. Yet also on his list is the start of production on his upcoming Apple TV series Defending Jacob.

Chris Evans | Araya Diaz/WireImage

With the buzz surrounding the new show, fans of Evans want to hear more about the plot and who else will be a part of the project.

Based on a book

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the limited series is based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel by William Landay. The story is about an assistant district attorney named Andy Barber, played by Evans, whose 14-year-old son Jacob is suspected of killing a classmate. The series is scheduled to run for eight episodes.

In addition to starring in the series, Evans is serving as executive producer, along with Mark Bomback of The Planet of the Apes films. Bomback will also act as showrunner and is writing the script.

Cast members

Joining Evans in front of the camera for Defending Jacob are some well-known actors. According to Deadline, Cherry Jones of The Handmaid’s Tale portrays defense lawyer Joanna Klein; Pablo Schreiber of American Gods is Assistant District Attorney Neal Logiudice and a colleague of Barber’s; Betty Gabriel from the film Get Out plays Paula Duffy, a detective who works with Barber; and Sakina Jaffrey of House of Cards portrays County District Attorney Lynn Canavan.

Michelle Dockery is also in the series, playing Barber’s wife and Jacob’s mother Laurie Barber, as reported by Variety. Dockery is known for her Emmy-nominated role as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, a character she will reprise in the upcoming Downton Abbey film.

Michelle Dockery | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Playing Jacob is Jaeden Martell, who has appeared in the films IT, St. Vincent, and The Book of Henry. Martell is also featured in the upcoming Knives Out film along with Evans.

No retirement for now

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Apple TV series is Evans’ first TV role in almost 20 years. He previously appeared on Fox’s Opposite Sex in 2000, which ran for only one season.

With Evans’ busy production schedule, it looks like those rumors of retirement have been put to rest. As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, back in 2014 Evans just happened to say, “We are turning a corner,” regarding the end of his contract with Marvel. The comment snowballed into stories of Evans talking of retirement. “I never said the word ‘retire,'” he told Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they’re going to retire — it’s not something you retire from.”

Evans said in the interview that he would love to direct more – he took on the role of director for the 2014 indie romance Before We Go. For now, Evans is filming in Boston for Defending Jacob.

Now that his time as Captain America is over, he’s planning on letting his career take a more natural course. “Momentum is a real fallacy, in my opinion,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “But it has a really strong hold on a lot of actors’ mentalities. You really believe that while the ball’s rolling, you gotta keep it rolling. I could be wrong, but to me — I just don’t believe in that. I don’t think that’s real.”