Jurnee Smollett Boards Dennis Lehane Drama ‘Firebug’ at Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has added Jurnee Smollett to its forthcoming drama series Firebug.

The Emmy-nominated Lovecraft Country star joins Taron Egerton in the series from writer and executive producer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Apple’s Black Bird). The show is loosely based on real-life events chronicled in Truth.Media’s Firebug podcast hosted by Kary Antholis (who is an executive producer of the series).

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Firebug, produced in house by Apple Studios, will follow a troubled detective (Smollett) and an enigmatic arson investigator (Egerton) who are pursuing two serial arsonists in the Pacific Northwest. Smollett’s charcter, named Michelle, is also a rising star in her department.

The series marks a reunion for much of the core team behind the Emmy-winning Black Bird, including Lehane, Egerton, Antholis and executive producers Richard Plepler of Eden Productions and Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment. Marc Smerling will also exec produce for Truth Podcasting Corp.

Smollett recently finished production on the crime thriller The Order with Jude Law and Nicholas Hoult. Her recent credits include Amazon’s feature film The Burial, indie movie We Grown Now and Netflix’s Lou. Prior to her Emmy-nominated role on HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Smollett starred in WGN America’s Underground and had roles on True Blood, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. She is repped by Entertainment 360, CAA and attorney Nina Shaw.

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