“ The Essex Serpent ” is set in an isolated 19th century village in the English county of the same name. This is where the inquisitive, clever and stubborn widow Cora Seaborne ( Claire Danes ), who comes from London, ends up, who wants to investigate reports about a mythical sea snake in her new home.
Upon arrival, Cora befriends local clergyman Will Ransome ( Tom Hiddleston ), who quickly develops amorous feelings for her as well. But not even he can protect his new acquaintance from incurring the displeasure of the superstitious locals. After a local tragedy, they are convinced that Cora would have first attracted the mystical creature, which is said to bring bad luck and death, through her investigations.
All series on Apple TV+
The Essex Serpent premieres May 13, 2022 worldwide and exclusively on the Apple TV+ streaming service . There will be a double episode at the premiere. This is followed by another 60-minute episode every Friday.
Claire Danes instead of Keira Knightley
The series is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Perry , which was first published in 2016 and has also been translated into German. Anyone who now feels like reading the book before or after enjoying the first episodes of the adaptation will find what they are looking for at online retailers such as Amazon. The Essex Serpent is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle and audio here:
» The book «The Essex Serpent» by Sarah Perry on Amazon *
Ali & Ava and Dark River director Clio Barnard directed the first season . The screenplays came from Anna Symon («Deep Water», «Mrs. Wilson»). Both women also acted as executive producers.
After Keira Knightley was initially slated to play the female lead, Claire Danes took over after her exit shortly before production began. The New Yorker is best known as the star of the globally successful spy series «Homeland». Before that, she was also present in major cinema productions such as «William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet», «U-Turn» and «Terminator 3 — Rise of the Machines».
At Dane’s side was Tom Hiddleston, who is well known to any MCU fan as villain/anti-hero Loki from Thor 1-3 as well as the Avengers films and of course the Disney+ series named after his character. Also on the cast list: Frank Dillane from «Fear The Walking Dead», Hayley Squires («Louis Wain»), Jamael Westman («Animals»), Dixie Egerickx («The Secret Garden»), Michael Jibson («Last Night In Soho») and French actress Clémence Poésy , popular as Fleur Delacour from the «Harry Potter» series.
Finally, we have the trailer for «The Essex Serpent» for you again in the original English language version:
The Essex Serpent Trailer OV