Presumed Innocent: Everything to Know About Jake Gyllenhaal’s Apple TV+ Miniseries

The legal thriller miniseries Presumed Innocent is one of Apple TV+’s most anticipated movies of the summer of 2024. Apple TV+ has earned a reputation for the quality of its shows in recent times. Like most miniseries, Presumed Innocent is based on Scott Turow’s 1987 bestselling novel of the same name.

Presumed Innocent was Turow’s first-ever fiction novel, with several others also becoming bestsellers. The Apple TV+ miniseries isn’t the first time the novel has been adapted for screen. Its first adaptation, the 1990 Harrison Ford-led movie, was a massive Box Office hit, grossing $221 million on a $20 million budget. Here’s everything to know about the Apple TV+ miniseries Presumed Innocent.

What the Presumed Innocent Miniseries Is About

Much of the miniseries is based on the plot of the novel. It follows its protagonist, Rusty Sabich, a Chicago prosecutor, who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of one of his colleagues. The victim, Carolyn Polhemus, was found dead in her apartment in what seemed like a sexual bondage affair gone wrong. As one of the city’s finest prosecutors, Rusty Sabich is assigned the case by his boss, Raymond Horgan. Horgan, who’s also the district attorney, is up for re-election against the formidable, ambitious Nico Della Guardia. As far as Horgan is concerned, solving the murder case would ultimately boost his chances for re-election.

As the investigation begins, Rusty Sabich knows too well his secrets may soon come to light. His previous affair with the murdered Carolyn Polhemus not only makes it a conflict of interest taking the case, but when the secret is revealed, it puts him at the forefront as the prime suspect. Rusty Sabich will do everything to prove his innocence as well as protect his family. However, it isn’t only the public spectacle he has to deal with. His marriage is failing, starting from when his wife discovered his affair with murdered Carolyn Polhemus. In Presumed Innocent, Rusty Sabich races against time to prove his innocence while later uncovering a secret that will make him question his life.

Who Stars in the Presumed Innocent Miniseries?

Academy Award-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal leads the cast of the Apple TV+ Presumed Innocent. Interestingly, the miniseries is Gyllenhaal’s first big project on television. With a career of over three decades, Gyllenhaal has focused extensively on the big screen. Jake Gyllenhaal is known for his roles in Donnie Darko (2021), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Road House (2024). 

In a supporting role is Ethiopian-born Irish actress Ruth Negga, who plays Gyllenhaal’s wife, Barbara Sabich. With a growing list of credits, Ruth Negga is known for her roles in television, including Misfits (2010), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Preacher (2016–2019). Emmy-nominated actor Bill Camp also joins the Presumed Innocent cast as district attorney Raymond Horgan. A seasoned actor; Bill Camp has an impressive credit in film and television. No stranger to miniseries, he starred in The Night Of (2016), The Looming Tower (2018), The Outsider (2020), and The Queen’s Gambit (2020). 

Bill Camp is joined by his real-life wife, Elizabeth Marvel, who also plays his on-screen wife, Lorraine Horgan. Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve is cast as the murdered Carolyn Polhemus, while O-T Fagbenle plays the politically ambitious rival for the DA office, Nico Della Guardia. Jake Gyllenhaal’s brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard, who plays the overzealous deputy DA, Tommy Molto, also joins the cast. Actresses Lily Rabe and Nana Mensah play Dr. Liz Rush and Det. Alana Rodriguez, respectively.

Presumed Innocent Production Timeline & Release Date

Apple TV+ Presumed Innocent miniseries

American television writer, producer, and former attorney David E. Kelley is the creator of the miniseries. He was brought on board after Apple TV+ announced in February 2022 that it was adapting Scott Turow’s novel. David E. Kelley has created several top TV shows across all four top commercial American television networks. He’s known for creating Doogie Howser, M.D., Chicago Hope, The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal. Jake Gyllenhaal and J. J. Abrams also join Kelley as executive producers of the miniseries, including Dustin Thomason, Sharr White, Ben Stephenson, Matthew Tinker, and Anne Sewitsky.

Presumed Innocent’s filming began a year later, in February 2023. The miniseries was filmed in Pasadena, California. Presumed Innocent is scheduled for release on Apple TV+ on June 12, 2024, although it will have a world premiere at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival, which will take place from June 5 to June 16 in New York City. Presumed Innocent is also scheduled for release as an eight-part miniseries. If you are watching the Presumed Innocent miniseries, also check out these 7 Apple TV+ shows to add to your watchlist.

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