Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in Apple Thriller From Reese Witherspoon, 'High Fidelity' Boss

Gugu Mbatha Raw, Reese Witherspoon and Veronica West
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is back in business at Apple.

The former co-star of The Morning Show is reuniting with the tech giant and Reese Witherspoon and will topline psychological thriller Surface, which has been picked up straight to series with an eight-episode order. Production is slated to begin in 2021. A premiere timeframe has not yet been determined.

The series, additional details of which are being kept under wraps, is based on an original idea from Veronica West. West was the co-creator and co-showrunner on Hulu's late High Fidelity redux starring Zoë Kravitz.

Surface marks the latest TV series from Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine banner to land at Apple. In addition to The Morning Show, Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter's Hello Sunshine is behind Truth Be Told (returning for season two) and music competition series My Kind of Country. The production company is also readying Amazon's Daisy Jones & the Six and Netflix limited series From Scratch (starring Zoe Saldana), among others.

The thriller brings Mbatha-Raw back to Apple following her supporting turn in season one of The Morning Show. (For details on why she won't be back for season two, click here.) The actress will next star in Disney+'s Marvel drama series Loki and counts Black Mirror, Beauty and the Beast, A Wrinkle in Time and Misbehaviour among her credits. She's repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Curtis Brown in the U.K.

For West's part, Surface marks her latest TV credit. She most recently oversaw Hulu's High Fidelity, which despite strong reviews and a vocal fanbase was shockingly canceled after one season. She also serves as a co-exec producer on Showtime's forthcoming Dexter update. She's with Management 360.

Surface joins a roster of Apple original series including Ted Lasso, Dickinson, For All Mankind, Mythic Quest, Servant, See, Home Before Dark and scores of upcoming titles including Lisey's Story, The Afterparty, Calls, Foundation, Pachinko, Physical and Severance.