Natalie Portman investigates Apple TV+’s Lady in the Lake

By Michael Pickard
May 8, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Natalie Portman stars opposite Moses Ingram in Lady in the Lake, Apple TV+’s limited series created and directed by Alma Har’el.

When the disappearance of a young girl grips the city of Baltimore on Thanksgiving 1966, the lives of two women converge on a fatal collision course. Maddie Schwartz (Portman) is a Jewish housewife seeking to shed a secret past and reinvent herself as an investigative journalist, and Cleo Sherwood (Ingram) is a mother navigating the political underbelly of Black Baltimore while struggling to provide for her family.

Their disparate lives seem parallel at first, but when Maddie becomes fixated on Cleo’s mystifying death, a chasm opens that puts everyone around them in danger.

Described as a “feverish noir thriller,” the series is unexpected tale of the price women pay for their dreams, based on the 2019 novel of the same name by Laura Lippman. Portman and Ingram star alongside Y’lan Noel, Brett Gelman, Byron Bowers, Noah Jupe, Josiah Cross, Mikey Madison and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

From Fifth Season, it is produced by Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America, and created, executive produced, written and directed by Har’el alongside producing partner Christopher Leggett.

Portman is also an executive producer alongside producing partner Sophie Mas. Nathan Ross and the late Jean-Marc Vallée are executive producers for Crazyrose, and Julie Gardner executive produces for Bad Wolf America. Layne Eskridge, Amy Kaufman, Boaz Yakin and author Lippmann also executive produce.

Lady in the Lake debuts on July 19.

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