APPLE TV+ has released a first look at Avengers star Chris Evans in thriller Defending Jacob – and it’s grittier than his previous roles.
Evans, who won worldwide fame for his portrayal of wholesome Captain America in the movie franchise of the same name, was a big signing for the tech giant’s streaming platform.
And the release of a trailer for Defending Jacob – a limited series starring Evans and Spider Man's J Jonah Jameson, JK Simmons – will be welcomed by his fans who like things a little darker.
The preview paints a gloomy picture.
Setting out the plot, it shows Andy Barber's (Chris Evans) son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) being arrested on the charge of murdering a child in his class with a knife – with witnesses saying he did it and looked “smug and remorseless”.
Andy then starts lying to everyone, including his wife Laurie (Michelle Dockery), saying that he “can't leave it up to the court” and that his “only job now is trying to protect our son”.
The family insists they are prisoners in their own home and people believe they are guilty. And, as the pressure and lies build, it appears Andy might do something he regrets.
The synopsis says: “In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.
“Based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, this limited drama series stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Sakina Jaffrey, Betty Gabriel, and J.K. Simmons.”
Fans were quick to praise the sneak preview. One commented underneath the trailer on YouTube: “Nice, looks promising.”
Another wrote: “Will definitely be watching this.”
Evans, 38, confirmed in October 2018 he had quit Captain America after eight years at the helm.
He later admitted he would not reprise his role as he feared it would "sour" the hero's happy ending.
When asked whether he'd ever want to return to the franchise which made him famous, Evans said: "It's not a hard no, but it's not an eager yes either.
"I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey.
"If you're going to revisit it, it can't be a cash grab. It can't be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together."
Defending Jacob launches on Apple TV+ on April 24. Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, 4K and digital download, and is coming to Disney+.
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