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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today shared the first trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ series "The Essex Serpent," which stars Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston. The show is set in Victorian England, and Danes will play London widow Cora Seaborne, who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical sea serpent.

She forms a bond of science and skepticism with the local pastor, played by Hiddleston, but when tragedy strikes, she ends up being accused of attracting the creature. The series is based on the book of the same name by Sarah Perry.

"The Essex Serpent" was originally meant to star Keira Knightly, but she dropped out of the project and was ultimately replaced with Danes. In addition to starring in "Homeland" in recent years, Danes is known for "My So-Called Life," "Temple Grandin," "The Hours," and "Romeo + Juliet."

Hiddleston is best known for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he most recently starred in the "Loki" TV show.

"The Essex Serpent" is set to debut on May 13, 2022 with two episodes to be made available, and a new episode will follow weekly thereafter.

Article Link: 'The Essex Serpent' With Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston Coming to Apple TV+ on May 13


macrumors regular
Oct 8, 2013
The novel was strechy and parts of it boring, hopefully they change the ending to make it more interesting..


macrumors 6502
Aug 12, 2008
Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston rarely do bad movies/TV. They are definitely on to a must watch series here. My Apple One+ subscription has been justified for a couple more months on this alone.


Jun 22, 2014
Pacific Northwest, U.S.
I agree, Claire Danes is a terrific actress - Homeland is one of my all-time favorite TV series (and Temple Grandin superb). Hiddleston was great as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, one of my favorite movies.

I'm really looking forward to this on Apple TV+.
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macrumors regular
Feb 6, 2018
This looks like a pleasant surprise. While many shows are promoted long in advance, Apple often offers only last minute trailers. Looking forward to it. From the recent, ongoing programming, I love Slow Horses. Will watch Pachinko soon. And also looking forward to Tehran season 2.


macrumors G4
Jun 11, 2009
Looks ok, way too soap-opera ish though. I was hoping it would have some more supernatural elements to it from the title. I'm a big Claire Danes fan after the awesome Homeland series and would at least give this a chance, but I would rather see a bit more Loch Ness monster and less Wuthering Heights/General Hospital.
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