— 2 May 2024

Jake Gyllenhaal’s First-Ever Series Is This Legal Thriller — And It Finally Has A Trailer

— 2 May 2024
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

For the first time in his storied career, Jake Gyllenhaal is leading a television series with Apple TV+‘s adaptation of Presumed Innocent — which now has an extremely tense teaser trailer.

The star of Brokeback Mountain, Jarhead, Prisoners, and Southpaw fame portrays Rozat K. “Rusty” Sabich — a prosecutor at the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office whose world is turned upside down when a close colleague (and accomplice in a lust-driven, extra-marital affair) Carolyn Polhemus is murdered with all evidence pointing to him.

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As per the official logging: “Obsession, sex, politics, and the power and limits of love, as the accused fights to hold his family and marriage together.”

Apple TV+’s limited eight-part affair marks the second time Scott Turow’s best-selling legal thriller novel of the same name has been adapted for screens after Alan J. Pakula’s 1990 feature-length film. On this occasion, Rusty Sabich was brought to life by the one and only Harrison Ford, while the slain colleague/mistress Carolyn Polhemus was played by Greta Scacchi.

The star-studded ensemble cast of the new thriller features Ruth Negga as Rusty’s wife Barbara Sabich, Bill Camp as Raymond Horgan, Elizabeth Marvel as Lorrain Horgan, Peter Sarsgaard as Tommy Molto, O-T Fagbenle as Nico Della Guardia, and Renate Reinsve as the other woman, Carolyn Polhemus. 

Jake Gyllenhaal has also executive produced the Apple TV+ reimagining of Presumed Innocent alongside an A-list creative team that counts showrunner David E. Kelley, Dustin Thomason, Ben Stephenson, J.J. Abrams, and more among their ranks.

Granted, he hasn’t ever really been idle in his career since breaking out with Donnie Darko, but it must be remarked upon: Jake Gyllenhaal has been extremely active recently.

Aside from Michael Bay’s American remake of Ambulance, dipping a toe into voice work with Disney’s Strange World, Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, and the recent Road House remake produced by Amazon Prime Video (in which he starred opposite Conor McGregor), Gyllenhaal is already working on another Guy Ritchie flick alongside Henry Cavill and Eiza Gonzalez.

While details are still rather sparse currently, In The Grey will reportedly involve two extraction specialists who must plan an escape path for a high-level female negotiator. Expect plenty of Ritchie’s signature humour.

“There’s something special that happens when you collaborate with the same partners regularly: you build a shorthand and a trust that lets everybody do their best work,” said Guy Ritchie, having only just worked with Cavill and Gonzalez for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

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“Jake, Henry, and Eiza are all astonishingly talented, committed, and engaging actors. This is going to be an action-packed movie that is both intellectually stimulating and physically exhilarating.”

Gyllenhaal is also returning to Broadway for a 2025 revival of Shakespeare’s Othello, in which he’ll star as Iago opposite the Academy Award-winning Denzel Washington. What can we say: the man’s addicted to working.

As for Apple TV+’s Presumed Innocent series, June 14th, 2024 has been locked in for its official release date — check out the teaser trailer above.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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