The Handmaid’s Tale: Elisabeth Moss lands role away from Hulu drama ahead of season finale

The Handmaid’s Tale: Elisabeth Moss lands role away from Hulu drama ahead of season finale

The Handmaid's Tale: Hulu teases new episode 'Chicago'

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Apple TV+ have confirmed the leading cast of their new streaming series, Shining Girls, based on a best-selling novel of the same name. Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss will headline the upcoming project, fresh from reprising the role of June in Hulu’s long awaited fourth season of its acclaimed drama, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Elisabeth Moss and Jamie Bell have been confirmed as co-leads for a brand new miniseries for the streaming service Apple TV+.

Moss’s involvement was announced back in July 2020 when it was first confirmed that a series was in development based on Lauren Beukes’s metaphysical thriller, Shining Girls.

It has since been revealed that Jamie Bell will join the cast, which also includes Narco’s breakout star Wagner Moura.

The upcoming series will be developed and produced by showrunner Silka Luisa, best known as a consulting producer for 2018’s historical drama Strange Angel.

The Handmaid’s Tale star will kick off the series as Chicago reporter Kirby Mazrachi who survives a violent assault.

As she teams with Moura’s investigative journalist to track down her assailant, Kirby starts to find her reality shifting in strange and unexpected ways.

Jamie Bell is also on board in the role of a mysterious loner who is described as having a surprising connection to Moss’s protagonist.

In addition to starring in the new project, Elisabeth Moss will also produce via her new studio Love & Squalor Pictures, alongside producing partner Lindsey McManus.

Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are also set to produce through Appian Way.

Alan Page Arriaga will also executive produce, as well as the author of the original bestseller, Lauren Beukes.

The South African author published The Shining Girls in 2013 to general acclaim, with UK publisher HarperCollins winning the international rights to the novel after a fierce bidding war.

Production on the series has reportedly begun in Chicago this month, with the series speculated to hit Apple TV+ at some point in its 2021-22 release schedule.

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Meanwhile, Elisabeth Moss continues to impress as the rebellious Handmaid June in the ongoing fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

She has also signed on to several other major TV and film productions, including Taika Waititi’s upcoming football comedy Next Goal Wins and Wes Anderson’s COVID-delayed The French Dispatch.

Jamie Bell recently appeared alongside Taron Egerton in the Elton John musical-biopic Rocketman and joined Michael B. Jordan in Amazon Prime’s Tom Clancy thriller, Without Remorse.

He has also wrapped filming on the upcoming Western film Surrounded, alongside Stranger Things star Brett Gellman.

Wagnar Moura shot to international fame with his portrayal of Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos.

Shining Girls is set to be Moura’s first TV appearance since his cameo in the 2018 sequel series, Narcos: Mexico.

Apple TV+ subscribers can also look forward to new prestige series such as the Rose Byrne-starring dramedy Physical and Brie Larson’s Lessons in Chemistry set to arrive over the next few months.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 continues Wednesdays on Hulu.

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