Melissa George (The First), Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play) and Logan Polish (The Astronaut Farmer) are set to star alongside Justin Theroux in Apple’s drama series Mosquito Coast, from Luther creator Neil Cross. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the series is based on the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.
Mosquito Coast stars Theroux as Allie, an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America. George will play Margot, Allie’s wife; Polish will portray Dina, Margot and Allie’s teenage daughter; and Bateman is Charlie, Margot and Allie’s son and youngest child.
In the 1986 feature adaptation of the novel, directed by Peter Weir, Allie was played by Harrison Ford, his wife by Helen Mirren and Charlie by River Phoenix.
The first episode of Apple’s adaptation is written by Cross and Tom Bissell, with Cross writing and showrunning the series. Wyatt will executive produce and direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season.
Fremantle is the studio, producing with Veritas Entertainment Group, whose Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also executive produce, along with Ed McDonnell.
George, a Golden Globe nominee for In Treatment, next will be seen recurring in Damien Chazelle’s Netflix series The Eddy and on the big screen in De Son Vivant, set for release in 2020. George recently recurred on Beau Willimon’s The First, along with The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy. She is repped by Gersh and Stone Genow.
Bateman’s feature credits include Child’s Play, Annabelle, Lights Out and Benji, and he recently played Wyatt McKenna on Amazon’s The Dangerous Book for Boys.
Polish appeared alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen and Max Theriot in The Astronaut Farmer and most recently wrote, directed and starred in short Margot.