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‘The Stranger’ Creator Is Returning To Manchester To Film A Brand New Netflix Thriller

By Laura Rogan October 29, 2020

The series will be filming in Manchester.

Following the huge success of The Stranger, Harlan Coben and Danny Brocklehurst are teaming up once again to adapt yet another Coben novel – as part of a five year deal with Netflix which will see fourteen of the author’s stories adapted for television. So far, fans have seen Safe, The Stranger and The Woods come to the small screen, and his next one sounds just as gripping.

Based on bestselling novel Stay Close, the new series will follow three key characters whose dark secrets resurface, setting off a chain of events which threatens to destroy their lives. Sounds exactly like the binge-watch we need in our lives right now.

Credit: Netflix

The upcoming series is set to star Cush Jumbo (Deadwater Fell), James Nesbitt (The Missing), and Richard Armitage (The Stranger), with Manc-born producer Nicola Shindler joining writer Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger, Safe) behind-the-scenes.

The synopsis of the show reads: “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?”

Richard Armitage said of the new project: “I can’t wait to return to Manchester to work with Nicola, Danny, Harlan and the team again. I love Harlan’s style and this plot and character will be brilliantly challenging. At a time when we have remained apart; ‘Stay Close’ promises to break all the rules.”

While there’s currently no expected premiere date for the series, production is scheduled to begin in early 2021 in Manchester and around the North West.

[Featured image: Netflix]

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