EXCLUSIVE. We hear that Oscar nominee Tom Hardy and Atlanta Primetime Emmy Nominee Zazie Beatz to Star in Apple TV+ Drama Series Lazarus, a project still nearing development and closing deals. The project is a co-production between A+E Studios and Range Studios and is being marketed to Apple.
Lazarus based on the Joona Linna series of books by Lars Kepler (pen name of Alexandra Coelho Andoril and Alexandre Andoril), which has been praised by media such as: The New York Times, Washington Post and: EW, selling over 17 million copies worldwide.
In the series, an emaciated young man is found wandering along a train track. Thirteen years ago, she and her sister disappeared, believed to be the victims of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. In order to find her sister, police detective Saga Bauer must go undercover in the maximum security psychiatric hospital where Jurek Walter was held after his arrest years ago. Hardy will play Jurek Walter and Beatz will play Inspector Saga Bauer in what I hear are Hannibal Lector-Clarice Stalling type roles.
Øystein Karlsen is set to write, executive produce and direct.
Hardy Son & Baker, comprised of Hardy and longtime producing partner Dean Baker, will produce with their production company behind the FX series. Tabu. The EPs are also Beetz & David Rysdahl, Kepler (Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril), Niclas Salomonson, A+E Studios (Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson) and Range Studios (Heather Kadin, Peter Micelli and Jack Whigham).
Hardy received an Academy Award nomination for supporting actor The Revenant:. His feature credits include Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Locke, Mad Max Fury Road, about $1.4 billion in revenue Cool privilege Capone among many others. He also starred in and executive produced the FX series Tabu. He also had a story from the producer Cool. Let there be carnage.
Beatz received a 2018 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on FX. Atlanta like Donald Glover turn-off again girlfriend. His feature credits include Bullet Train, Joker, Nine Days, The Harder They Fall, Deadpool 2, Seberg, among several others.
He will appear in the upcoming crime drama miniseries Full Circle. The series will be available on HBO Max this year. He is currently producing History of the World. Part II” for the comedy series, produced by Mel Brooks and written by David Stassen. Beetz is also an EP on the series, which drops March 6 on Hulu.
Beetz is repped by WME, Entertainment 360 and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Hardy is repped by United Agents, Range Media Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Apple did not return a request for comment.