3:30pm PT by Mikey O'Connell
Cush Jumbo to Star in Netflix Adaptation of Harlan Coben’s ‘Stay Close’
Netflix has set the cast for its latest Harlan Coben adaptation, with exiting The Good Fight star Cush Jumbo signing on to topline eight-part drama Stay Close.
Joining Jumbo are James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage and Sarah Parish. The project, which comes on the heels of previous Coben-Netflix collaborations Safe, The Stranger, The Woods and The Innocent, is being produced by RED Production Company.
“I am so happy and excited to Stay Close (pun intended) with Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee — the same team that made The Stranger, Safe and The Five,” said Corben. “ And talk about a dream-come-true cast – Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and awesome talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage back again. Netflix has been a wonderful home, and from what I’ve seen so far, Stay Close will be our most gripping and binge-able series yet.”
Jumbo’s move the limited series comes five months after it was announced that she would not be returning for the fifth season of CBS All Access’ The Good Fight — a job that, like her role on The Good Wife before it, saw her stateside profile soar. “I’m so excited to work alongside Netflix, Nicola and the whole team on Stay Close," she said. "Can’t wait to get my teeth into such a brilliant British thriller.”
The book Stay Close, like all of Coben’s work, isn’t actually British. But like The Stranger and Safe before it, the setting is shifting to the U.K. from the U.S. for its TV treatment.
A release touting the official green light described Stay Close as centering on three people (Jumbo, Armitage, Nesbitt) “living comfortable lives while concealing dark secrets.” Those secrets, as one might expect, start coming to light.
Netflix is leaning real hard into Coben since signing the author to a five-year overall deal in 2018, with plans to develop at least 14 of his titles into series and films.