Tom Hiddleston is hoping to win an Emmy as the title character in “Loki” and already has his next big television project. “The Essex Serpent,” a six-part period fantasy series based on Sarah Perry’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, will star Hiddleston as a small-town priest in Victorian England to investigate the existence of a mythical snake. will reunite with a grieving widow.
Claire Danes stars as Cora Seaborne in Apple’s period series that promises to continue its recent animated television programming. The series will premiere on Apple TV Plus next month, and the first trailer for the series has been released. The Essex Serpent marks her first major television role since Claire Danes’ Homeland completed its eight-season run, which ended on Showtime in 2020. Danes took over the role from Keira Knightley, who left the project due to scheduling issues.
The official synopsis for Apple’s ‘The Essex Serpent’ series is as follows: ‘The Essex Serpent’ is set in Victorian England and features a star-studded cast directed by Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires, and Cora the widow of London. “He follows Seaborne. He moves to Essex to investigate reports of a legendary snake. He develops a surprising bond of science and skepticism with the local priest (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse him of luring the creature.”
The series was written by Anna Symon from Perry’s book. Clio Barnard, director of The Arbor and The Selfish Giant, directed all six episodes. Barnard and Symon, both previous BAFTA nominees, also serve as executive producers along with Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Patrick Walters. Alongside Hiddleston and Danes, the cast includes Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Michael Jibson, Lily-Rose Aslandogdu, Jamael Westman, Ryan Reffell and Hayley Squires. The first two episodes of The Essex Serpent will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, May 13.