Brie Larson to produce and star in CIA drama for Apple

Apple has added yet another high profile name to the growing list of stars attached to its upcoming video service. Variety reports that the company has inked a deal with Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson for a straight-to-series drama based on an undercover CIA operative.

The untitled series is based on the real life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir, “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA,” which will be published by Knopf on Oct. 15. The series is described as a look at a young woman’s (Larson) journey in the CIA, told through the prism of her closest relationships.

In addition to Larson, Michael Ellenberg will executive produce via Media Res, with Lynette Howell Taylor also executive producing under her 51 Entertainment banner. Larson, Ellenberg, and Howell Taylor teamed to acquire the book and Fox’s life rights through Media Res. Samantha Housman of 51 Entertainment will also executive produce, with Dani Gorin of Media Res set to co-executive produce. Fox will serve as a producer.

This will be the third joint project between Ellenberg and Apple. The former HBO executive, who now runs the film studio Media Res, is also producing the morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, as well as the series adaption of “Pachinko.”

Brie Larson’s stock couldn’t possibly be any higher right now. In 2015 she won Golden Globe and Academy awards for best actress for her role in the movie Room, and she is about to make her debut as Captain Marvel in not one but two Marvel Comics blockbusters this year.

Apple is widely expected to offer more details regarding its video service at a media event later this month.

Source: Variety