We don’t think we’re going out on a limb here when we say that Stephen King adaptations are hit or miss. We tend to think they’re misses way more often than not, but reasonable people can disagree on that. We’re only saying this because for us, the selling point here wasn’t the part of the trailer that announced King’s involvement…
It was the rest of the credits that sold it for us. Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dane DeHaan and Joan freaking Allen? Directed by Pablo Larraín, who gave us Natalie Portman as Jackie and is about to deliver Kristen Stewart as Diana? Damn, it looks like we gotta get Apple TV+ now. That’s one hell of a lineup.
Not that we’re dismissing King’s involvement. This all looks appropriately creepy and intriguing in that Kingian manner:
But if we’re being honest, we’re far less interested in the story than we are in watching this cast and this director tell it. Julianne Moore is in her acting sweet spot when she’s playing a woman on the verge or a woman at the end of her rope.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, and adapted by the author himself, “Lisey’s Story” is a deeply personal thriller that follows Lisey Landon (Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Academy Award nominee Clive Owen). A series of unsettling events causes Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind.
An Apple Original limited series, “Lisey’s Story” is directed by Pablo Larraín, and hails from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. King, Moore and Larraín executive produce alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Juan de Dios Larraín. Every episode of the series was personally written by King. Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dane DeHaan star alongside Moore and Owen.
Release Date: June 4, 2021
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