The “Top Gun: Maverick” actress will star opposite Joel Edgerton in the series based on Blake Crouch’s best-selling sci-fi novel.
Jennifer Connelly enters the multiverse courtesy of the AppleTV+ series “Dark Matter.”
Bestselling novelist Blake Crouch adapts his own acclaimed sci-fi novel for AppleTV+, with Joel Edgerton set to lead the series. Crouch will serve as showrunner and writer, with Edgerton and Connelly serving as executive producers. The show is produced for AppleTV+ by Sony Pictures Television.
Oscar winner Connelly will play Daniela, the wife of physicist Jason Dessen in the nine-episode series that follows the summer blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick.”
According to an official synopsis, “Dark Matter” is about the road not taken. Edgerton is a physicist, professor, and family man who, one night, while walking home through the streets of Chicago, is kidnapped into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns into a nightmare as he tries to bring himself back to reality in the midst of the multiverse of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of amazing realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to return to his true family and save them from the most terrifying and unbeatable enemy imaginable: himself.
“Dark Matter” will be produced by Matt Tolmach (“Venom”) and David Manpearl for Matt Tolmach Productions. Crouch wrote the pilot script and is serving as showrunner and executive producer.
The nine-episode series “Dark Matter” will premiere alongside AppleTV+’s growing slate of sci-fi series, including Season 3 of the Emmy-winning “For All Mankind” and Season 2 of David S. Goyer.
In addition to “Dark Matter,” actress Connelly will star in Alice Englert’s dark comedy “Bad Behaviour,” playing a former child actress who seeks enlightenment on a retreat led by spiritual leader Elon (Ben Whishaw) while also sailing for the close but turbulent relationship with his daughter, the acrobat, Dylan (writer and director Englert).
As a former child star, Connelly commented on the meta element of the upcoming film.
“There were different moments, in my late teens and as a young adult, when I thought, ‘Is this really what I want to do? What is my relationship to this job? Because I had started so young, I felt like a big part of me was doing it for someone else,'” Connelly told Marie Claire Australia earlier this year. “Acting from such a young age has an impact on the way one grows and develops. There is a lot of personal exposure. You’re getting into a movie, you’re the product. And if that’s something you didn’t initiate yourself as a kid, I’m sure you can imagine that it might be a little awkward.”