EXCLUSIVE: Cherry Jones and Jason Segel are set to join Grace Kaufman in The Sky Is Everywhere, a new Apple Original film that hails from Apple’s existing partnership with A24. The pic is based on the novel by Jandy Nelson, who will adapt the script. Josephine Decker, who helmed Madeline’s Madeline and the Elisabeth Moss-starrer Shirley, is attached to direct.
The novel follows Lennie (Kaufman), a teen who is working through the loss of her sister Bailey. Her journey includes accidentally falling in love.
Jones will play Gram, the warm and loving grandmother of Lennie and Bailey, who takes them in and raises them in her home where her son, Big (Segel), still lives with her. Segel’s Big is the sisters’ eccentric and compassionate uncle, the town Lothario who runs a local hot air balloon company and tends to fall in love with whichever woman he takes up in the balloon.
Denise Di Novi and Margaret French Isaac will produce for Di Novi Pictures, alongside Decker.
Jones recently took her home her third Emmy after scene-stealing guest-starring role on HBO’s Succession. She was also recently seen in Apple’s Defending Jacob and also has Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She is repped by WME.
Segel was most recently seen in the AMC anthology series Dispatches From Everywhere alongside Sally Field. On the film side, he was recently seen in Our Friend opposite Dakota Johnson. He is repped by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
The film joins Apple and A24’s anticipated and soon-to-premiere On the Rocks, from Sofia Coppola, and starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray. The pic, which bowed at the New York Film Festival last night, premieres in select theaters October 2 and globally on Apple TV+ on October 23.
Apple TV+’s expanding film slate also includes The Sky is Everywhere and the 2020 Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Boys State. Upcoming films include Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, a new Werner Herzog Film production; Snow Blind, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star; Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro; Emancipation, from director Antoine Fuqua and starring and produced by Will Smith; and Sharper, a new film from Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, starring and produced by Julianne Moore.