Brie Larson to star in, executive produce Apple original CIA drama series
Brie Larson is swapping her Captain Marvel suit to star and executive-produce a drama series for Apple, based on the real-life story of CIA undercover agent Amaryllis Fox, EW has learned.
Oscar-winning Larson, who helms Marvel’s first standalone female superhero film as Captain Marvel (in theaters Friday), will be playing the lead in the series, which is based on the former CIA agent’s upcoming memoir, Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. The series will examine a young woman’s journey through the CIA, examined through her closes relationships.
Larson is teaming up with A Star Is Born producer Lynette Howell Taylor and Michael Ellenberg, and all three worked together to purchase the rights to Fox’s memoir. Fox will also produce and consult on the project.
As always, Apple will not reveal the release date of the project, but this is the latest in a long line of films and series that Apple has acquired or is developing ahead of its expected launch into original programming this summer. Larson isn’t the only Avenger to join the Apple bandwagon — Captain America star Chris Evans will star in the thriller Defending Jacob.
The tech giant has been ramping up its roster of original shows with a slate of series starring A-list talent, most notably Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell in an untitled show about the world of morning TV news. Witherspoon is producing other projects for Apple, including crime series Are You Sleeping? starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul. The company also has series in development with J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shayamalan, Jason Momoa, and Hailee Steinfeld and has signed Oprah Winfrey for a multi-year partnership.