Jake Gyllenhaal Admits to 'Stalking' in 'Presumed Innocent' Trailer

Apple TV+ unveils a gripping new psychological thriller

by Zain ul Abedin
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Jake Gyllenhaal Admits to 'Stalking' in 'Presumed Innocent' Trailer
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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the riveting new Apple TV+ limited series, "Presumed Innocent," set to captivate audiences with its first two episodes premiering on June 12. The series promises intense drama with new episodes released every Wednesday, diving deep into the turbulent life of chief deputy prosecutor Rusty Sabich.

At 43, Gyllenhaal embodies the complex character of Rusty, a devoted family man whose life spirals out of control when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his mistress. The gripping trailer reveals Rusty's plea of innocence despite damning evidence that suggests otherwise.

"I did not kill her," he asserts at the start of the teaser, a statement that echoes throughout the unfolding drama of the eight-episode thriller. The series is an adaptation of Scott Turow's 1987 legal thriller of the same name.

It explores the dark corners of infidelity and murder that threaten to destroy Rusty's marriage to Barbara, portrayed by Ruth Negga of "Preacher" fame. The narrative is thick with suspense as details of Rusty's affair with his colleague Carolyn, played by Renate Reinsve, come to light.

His presence at her apartment on the night she was killed and his obsessive behavior towards her complicate his defense. In a candid moment in the trailer, Rusty admits to stalking Carolyn, intensifying the mystery around his involvement in the crime.

Meanwhile, Barbara faces a barrage of media scrutiny as Rusty scrambles to uncover the truth or find ways to divert suspicion.

Exploring Rusty's Love

"Presumed Innocent" delves into themes of obsession, s-x, politics, and the boundaries of love, challenging the protagonist to preserve his family and marriage amidst the chaos.

The series also features a stellar supporting cast including Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, O-T Fagbenle, and Nana Mensah. A teaser released earlier adds layers to Rusty's character and highlights his twisted perception of love.

"Love isn’t what people tell you that it is...it’s just something that grows, until one day, you just find yourself needing someone," Rusty reflects, speaking of his affair with Carolyn, which awakened dormant emotions within him.

The story of "Presumed Innocent" is not new to Hollywood; it was first brought to the silver screen in 1990 with Harrison Ford leading the cast. This modern adaptation promises to bring fresh depth and perspective to Turow's compelling narrative.

As anticipation builds, Jake Gyllenhaal continues to demonstrate his versatility in challenging roles, having recently starred in "Road House," where he underwent rigorous training to portray a retired UFC fighter turned bar bouncer.

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