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'Lisey's Story' Is Bringing Its Stephen King-Penned Chills and Thrills to Apple TV+ This Winter

Starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, the eight-episode series not only adapts one of King's books, but was written by the famed author as well.
By Sarah Ward
April 21, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
April 21, 2021
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Sometimes, when one of Stephen King's books is adapted for the screen, movie magic is made. At other times, an intriguing TV show awaits. And, average and awful films and series have taken inspiration from his pages, too — which, given the huge number of flicks and programs that are based on his novels, is hardly unsurprising.

Of course, fans of the famed author will be hoping that the latest page-to-screen adaptation of one of his books has more in common with The Shining and Misery — more than with IT: Chapter Two and the recent TV version of The Stand, at least. The next novel getting the audio-visual treatment: Lisey's Story. And, it isn't just based on King's 2006 tome. This time around, King is penning the whole eight-episode series himself, too.

He's just one of the show's big names, with plenty more in store when it starts airing on Apple TV+ from Friday, June 4. Julianne Moore (After the Wedding) stars as the eponymous Lisey, while Clive Owen (Gemini Man) plays her deceased husband — a famous novelist, because plenty of writers pop up in King's works.

Joan Allen (Room), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Possessor), Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) and Ron Cephas Jones (Dolemite Is My Name) also co-star, and so does Sung Kang (Fast and Furious 9). And, behind the lens is Pablo Larraín, the exceptional Chilean filmmaker responsible for NoThe ClubNerudaJackie, Ema and the upcoming Kristen Stewart-starring Spencer about Princess Diana.

Narrative-wise, Lisey's Story follows its central figure two years after her spouse Scott's death. She's blocked some memories of their time together from her mind, but a series of events brings them back to the fore. And yes, chills and thrills then result.

Lisey's Story will premiere its first two episodes on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 4, with new instalments following weekly afterwards.

Published on April 21, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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