The adaptation of Harlan Coben’s best-selling novel Stay Close comes from the same team behind The Stranger
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, with Sarah Parish (Bancroft, Medici) also joining. RED Production Company(a STUDIOCANAL company) will produce.
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. Lorraine (Parish), an old friend from Megan’s past, delivers some shocking news which will impact on all three characters. 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?
Following hot on the heels of 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 and Danny Brocklehurst, who is lead writer again. In keeping with previous adaptations, Stay Close will relocate the story from the US to UK shores.
Cush Jumbo said: “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.”
Harlan Coben said: “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. 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.”
Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer, said; “Working with Harlan, Danny, and Richard for the 4th collaboration is a joy as we push each other for more bingeable ideas and twists. Harlan’s books and stories are a pleasure to bring to the screen. And we are delighted to have Cush, Jimmy and Richard to bring the characters to life.”
Danny Brocklehurst, writer, said: “After the phenomenal success of The Stranger, I’m elated to be collaborating once again with RED, Netflix and the master storyteller Harlan Coben. 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 the latest Netflix project for Harlan Coben, as part of his current five-year deal with the streamer to develop 14 of his titles into film and TV dramas.
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.