The best-selling novel Stay Close by Harlan Coben is being adapted into an eight-part drama series for Netflix, starring James Nesbitt (The Missing), Cush Jumbo (Deadwater Fell) and Richard Armitage (The Stranger).
From the team behind The Stranger and Safe, the series will follow three key characters whose sinister past resurfaces to threaten their everyday lives. Harlan Coben and Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic) will be collaborating alongside Richard Fee and Nicola Shindler to write and create the series.
The series will see Stay Close relocate to an English setting from the States.
Jumbo will play Megan, a working mother of three; Armitage will star as Ray, a man stuck in an unfulfilling job catering to spoilt rich kids, yearning for his past life as a promising documentary photographer, and Nesbitt will play Broome, a detective who is determined to reopen a missing person’s cold case.
When Megan’s friend Lorraine (Sarah Parish, Bancroft) delivers some shocking news that will impact all three characters, the dark secrets that these people are concealing are thrown into the harsh light of day.
Cush Jumbo commented: “I’m so excited to work alongside Netflix, Nicola and the whole team on Stay Close. Can’t wait to get my teeth into such a brilliant British thriller.”
James Nesbitt added: “The team at RED are a northern powerhouse of world-class TV. 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.”
Stay Close will be produced by RED Production Company, who have produced dramas such as Years and Years and Happy Valley.