Apple Orders Adaptation of Horror Fantasy ‘The Changeling’ Starring LaKeith Stanfield

LOS ANGELES - FEB 23: Lakeith Stanfield at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on the Beach on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

LaKeith Stanfield will star in and executive produce a new drama series for Apple TV+ based on Victor LaValle’s fantasy/horror novel “The Changeling,” Apple announced in a press release.

The series titled The Changeling is described as “a fairytale for grown-ups. A horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed.”

The drama will be written and adapted by Kelly Marcel (Cruella), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer. Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim, Insecure) will direct and co-executive produce.

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The series will be produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios and Annapurna. Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Patrick Chu, and Ali Krug will executive produce on behalf of Annapurna. Matsoukas executive produces through her De La Revolution Films, and Khaliah Neal will co-executive produce.

In the novel, main character Apollo Kagwa is an antique book dealer and new father who has to find his wife in an exhausted world after she commits an unspeakable act of violence.

LaValle’s fantasy/horror novel “The Changeling” was first published in 2017 and received multiple awards and nominations including the 2018 British Fantasy Award for horror novel. It was also named as part of The New York Times Book Review’s “100 Notable Books of 2017.”

Stanfield will next be seen in Netflix’s new school Western The Harder They Fall alongside Regina King, Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. The Atlanta star has also had breakout roles in the films Get Out, Sorry to Bother You and Knives Out.

The Changeling’s premiere date and additional cast information will be announced at a later.