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The Essex Serpent - Claire Danes To Star, replacing Keira Knightley

Coming off her Emmy-winning starring turn on Homeland, Claire Danes has signed on to headline The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+.

She is replacing Keira Knightley who was originally cast last summer in in the period drama, an adaptation of Sarah Perry’s novel. Knightley, who has two young children, pulled out of the project in October in what was described in the British press as concerns over childcare during the pandemic.