Apple TV+ will be premiering a new series this year based on a popular novel. Titled Dear Edward, the show is based on the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano. The series is developed by Jason Katims, who previously worked on shows like Relativity, Roswell, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, About A Boy, and Rise. Here’s a description of the show’s story, according to Deadline: “Dear Edward tells the story of Edward Adler (O’Brien), a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed.” Dear Edward is proud to feature a list of mostly up-and-coming stars. If you want to learn more about who will be appearing in this much-anticipated drama, read ahead. Here are the cast members of the upcoming Apple TV+ drama series Dear Edward.
Child actor Colin O’Brien will be starring in Dear Edward as the titular character, Edward Adler. IMDb describes this promising young actor as follows: “Colin was born in Houston, Texas, the youngest of two boys. He discovered his love of acting at the tender age of 4 when he convinced his preschool class that he had a baby sister, complete with stories of their capers together. Soon after, Colin took to the stage, in the first of 17 theatrical productions. Now graduating to feature film, Colin will be the Young Willy Wonka in “Wonka” (2023), and will be starring as Edward in the upcoming “Dear Edward,” from AppleTV (2023). Colin has been told he has a natural acting style. He enjoys comedy and drama equally, and says he “likes being other people for a bit.”
Veteran actress Connie Britton will be starring in Dear Edward in a yet-to-be-named role. Britton made her film debut in 1995 with the independent comedy-drama The Brothers McMullen. The following year, she was cast as Nikki Faber on the ABC sitcom Spin City. In feature films, Britton starred in the romantic comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The To Do List, This Is Where I Leave You, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, American Ultra, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and The Land of Steady Habits. Britton is also known for her work on television, playing Tami Taylor on the drama series Friday Night Lights from 2006 to 2011, and Rayna Jaymes on the ABC musical drama series Nashville from 2012 to 2018. For her work on Friday Night Lights, Britton was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For Nashville‘s final season, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Taylor Schilling will be portraying Aunt Lacey in the upcoming series Dear Edward. Taylor Schilling is an American actress best known for her role as Piper Chapman in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She has also starred in the films Dark Matter and The Titan. Schilling was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Fordham University. In 2013, she began starring as Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black, a role for which she has been nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe. In an interview with The Glass Magazine, Schilling explained how she got into acting and whether it has been her passion, saying: “It has. It happened in a little bit of a roundabout way where I had no after-school activities but there was a school play where every kid that auditioned got in. I had nothing to do and my mother said, “You need to get an activity”, so I auditioned for the school play. Then I played Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof when I was 11, and that’s how it all began. I remember walking home from that audition and I just remember thinking, “Oh, that’s what I want to do with my life. That’s it, there it is”. Quite simple. I never really deviated.”
Amy Forsyth will be playing Linda in Dear Edward. Forsyth is a Canadian actress born in 1995. She is best known for her role on the television series The Path. Forsyth began her acting career at the age of eight, appearing in various commercials and television shows. In 2013, she made her film debut in the movie Torment. Forsyth has also appeared in the films CODA and The Novice.
Ivan Shaw will be playing Steve in the upcoming TV series Dear Edward. Shaw is an actor known for his work on All My Children, Insecure, and Nocturne. He began his career in theater, appearing in productions of Savage Love and A Boy’s Life. He made his television debut in 2002 on the soap opera All My Children. Since then, he has had roles on a number of popular projects, including Insecure and Nocturne. In an interview with Authority Magazine, Shaw talked about how he decided to pursue a career in acting while studying at UCLA: “While I was in college at UCLA, I would spend my summers out in Hawaii taking classes and working; really as a function of running away from my directionless life here in LA. One summer I happened to come across a job where I worked on the set of a TV show doing everything from light stunt work to being in the background of scenes. It was the most fun I ever had working. I was mesmerized by the behind the scenes machinery of television. I remember looking around, and thinking,… “all of these people do this for a living,” from grips, to actors, to wardrobe. They rig lights, play dress up, and eat free food. I thought, “well, maybe there is something here.”
Other performers set to appear in Dear Edward include Carter Hudson as John, Idris DeBrand as Kojo, Jenna Qureshi as Mahira, Anna Uzele as Adriana, Dario Ladani Sanchez as Sam, Eva Ariel Binder as Shay, Brittany S. Hall as Amanda, Maxwell Jenkins as Jordan, and Audrey Corsa as Zoe.