The long-awaited follow-up to Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and HBO’s Big Little Lies is finally here in the form of Liane Moriarty’s latest book-to-series adaptation, Apples Never Fall. Moriarty’s book follows the Delaney family as they discover their matriarch, Joy Delaney (Annette Bening, Nyad), has vanished and begin to suspect father Stan Delaney (Sam Neil, Jurassic World: Dominion) of having a part in her disappearance. The book is a rollercoaster of family drama and classic Liane Moriarty comedic relief, so the show is sure to be a fabulous ride.
The book is set in Moriarty’s home country of Australia, with tennis as a major focal point due to Joy and Stan’s professions as tennis players and tennis academy owners. The show will pick up right after the sale of the Delaney’s tennis academy.
To be convincing as tennis players, the cast had to get into shape and maintain it over a nearly seven-month hiatus from filming due to the writer’s strike. The first five episodes were filmed before May 2023, while the last two episodes were filmed in December.
USA Today obtained an exclusive promotional interview with the cast and series creator, Melanie Marnich, who said:
When you’re doing a series, you’re committed for quite a while, so you have to love the themes. For me, this was all about the powerful way Liane looks at parenthood, at long-term marriage, at sibling rivalries, and all the sacrifices you make for your family, perhaps hoping for a payoff that might not come.Melanie Marnich via USA Today
A Cast Comes Together
Playing the four Delaney adult children will be Jake Lacey (The White Lotus) as Troy, Alison Brie (Glow) as Amy, Conor Merrigan Turner (Thai Cave Rescue) as Logan, and newcomer Essie Randles as Brooke. Brie took to Instagram last week to informally announce her part in the series.
According to USA Today, the cast became so close while playing the Delaneys that they formed a group chat that has continued to this day. Last week’s Oscar Nominations set their group chat ablaze when Annette Bening was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Nyad.
Star Power Abound
Producer David Heyman, whose resume includes the Harry Potter franchise, Barbie and Wonka, is also an integral part of Bening and Neil’s choice to take on the project, according to USA Today. Having such a depth of experience on all sides of the project bodes well, especially considering the success of both Moriarty’s past book adaptations.
Fans of the book are surely in for a wild ride when the seven-part series releases in March, as the Delaney family Moriarty created is chock-full of personality quirks, dramatic lifestyles, and rivalries fit for a Shakespearean play.
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