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New Harlan Coben drama Stay Close confirmed for Netflix; starring James Nesbitt and directed by Daniel O’Hara
03 Nov 2020 : Nathan Griffin
James Nesbitt set to star in Stay Close.
RED Production Company, Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Daniel O’Hara, and Netflix are set to collaborate on their next drama, Stay Close – an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel.

The team behind The Stranger and Safe are producing the new eight-part drama, which will follow three key characters whose dark secrets resurface, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy their lives.  Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Deadwater Fell), James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, The Missing), and Richard Armitage (The Stranger, The Hobbit, Hannibal) are confirmed in the three lead roles. RED Production Company (a StudioCanal company) will produce.

Following the hugely successful limited series The Stranger, which debuted on Netflix earlier this year, Stay Close reunites long term collaborators Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee as executive producers, alongside creator Harlan Coben, Irish director Daniel O’Hara (The Stranger), Danny Brocklehurst, who returns as lead writer.  In keeping with previous adaptations, Stay Close will relocate the story from the US to UK shores.

“I'm very excited at the prospect of bringing another adaptation of a Harlan Coben page-turner to the screen for Netflix,” director and executive producer Daniel O’Hara told IFTN. “Over the past few years I've been lucky enough to direct quite a few Danny Brocklehurst scripts and I can’t wait to start shooting another one. As well as the good life of affluent suburbia, Stay Close has a real gritty underbelly, which will be a lot of fun to put on screen.

“I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at Red again and to have such an amazing cast of actors,” O’Hara continued. “We are delighted to have Cush Jumbo on board and I'm really looking forward to teaming up with James Nesbitt again, who I worked with on Stan Lee’s Lucky Man a few years ago. I’m thrilled to be working with Richard Armitage again too, who will play a very different character in Stay Close to his role in The Stranger.”

With trademark thrills, gripping suspense, and a crime to solve, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone.  Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect; Megan (Jumbo), a working mother of three; Ray (Armitage), the once promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids, and Broome (Nesbitt), a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?

“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,” added creator Harlan Coben. “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.”  

“The team at RED are a northern powerhouse of world-class TV,” said Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt. “They are a benchmark for quality drama, and I’m thrilled to be part of such a great production. The scripts drew me in from the get-go and I am looking forward to starting filming.”

“After the phenomenal success of The Stranger, I’m elated to be collaborating once again with RED, Netflix and the master storyteller Harlan Coben,” added writer Danny Brocklehurst.  “Stay Close will be a compelling twisty turny ride through the dark heart of suburban life that leaves viewers desperate for answers.”

Stay Close is a RED Production Company production commissioned for Netflix.  Nicola Shindler (Years and Years, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey), writers Harlan Coben (The Woods) and Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic, Come Home) and Richard Fee (The Stranger, Prey) are the Executive Producers of the new eight-part series, created by Harlan Coben, and based on his best-selling novel. 

Juliet Charlesworth (Happy Valley, Traces) is series producer and Daniel O’Hara (The Stranger, Brassic) is lead director and an executive producer. The series is due to go into production in early 2021 and filming will take place in and around Manchester and the North West of England.

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