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Michelle Keegan to star alongside Joanna Lumley in new Netflix drama Fool Me Once

The eight-part adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel will also star Adeel Akhtar and Richard Armitage in leading roles.

The new Netflix drama sees Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee reunite for their fifth collaboration, this time of the bestselling novel Fool Me Once.

It'll star Michelle Keegan as Maya Stern, who is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her husband, Joe, played by Richard Armitage. But when Maya installs a nanny-cam to keep an eye on her young daughter, she is shocked to see a man she recognises in her house. Her husband, who she thought was dead.

Adeel Akhtar plays Detective Sergeant Sami Kierce who leads the homicide investigation into Joe's death while grappling with secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Maya's niece and nephew, Abby and Daniel, are trying to find the truth about their mother's murder, several months earlier. Are the two cases connected?

Fool Me Once follows these characters on a thrilling hunt for the truth that will reveal shocking secrets and change their lives forever and stars Joanna Lumley as Joe's protective mother, Judith Burkett.

Produced by Quay Street Productions, Fool Me Once will also star Emmett J.Scanlan as Shane Tessier, Dino Fetscher as Marty McGreggor as well as Marcus Garvey, Hattie Morahan, James Northcote, Dänya Griver, Daniel Burt, Adelle Leonce, Natalia Kostrzewa and Laura Gibbons.

Written by Danny Brocklehurst alongside Charlotte Coben, Yemi Oyefuwa, Nina Metivier and Tom Farrelly, the series will be directed by David Moore and Nimer Rashed, produced by Jessica Taylor and executive produced by Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee.

Speaking about the new drama, creator Harlan Coben said "I’m thrilled and honoured to once again be collaborating with my uber-talented partners Danny, Nicola and Richard. ‘Fool Me Once’ will be our fourth Netflix series [following ‘Safe,’ ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Stay Close’] together, and man, it never gets old! ‘Fool Me Once’ is a pulse-pounder -- a shocking story of how secrets and deceit have the power to bring people together while simultaneously tearing them apart. I can’t wait to see how this dream cast brings these characters to life."

To which writer Danny Brocklehurst added "Following on from our smash hits ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Stay Close,’ ‘Fool Me Once’ does not disappoint. Harlan’s books are storytelling genius and it’s great to be entrusted once more in bringing his gripping stories of life. As always with our thrillers, expect twist upon twist and an emotional roller-coaster. Plus, the cast is phenomenal – audiences are in for a treat!"

And executive producers for Quay Street Productions, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee said "Harlan is a master of twists and turns that are impossible to predict, which is what makes adapting his books for television impossible to resist! ‘Fool Me Once’ is no different, we’re incredibly excited to bring the story to life with an all-star cast."

Fool Me Once will air on Netflix


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