AppleTV+ might already be searching for its next big film after becoming the first streaming service to win an Academy Award for Best Picture this past weekend for its family dramedy CODA. Still, its massive catalog of TV series continues to impress, too — which Wagner Moura is now joining.
In its upcoming thriller series Shining Girls, Brazilian actor Moura (Narcos) teams up with actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) for an adaptation of author Lauren Beukes’ best-selling novel of the same name. The book follows Kirby Mazrachi (Moss), a Chicago reporter who seeks revenge after surviving an attack by a time-traveling serial killer. Moura plays Dan Velazquez, Kirby’s colleague, who helps her try and track down the assailant.
In the first official trailer for the AppleTV+ series, Dan explains that the body of a missing girl named Julia was found in the same condition that Kirby was left in six years ago after her attack. “I was cut up like her,” Kirby said. Dan adds: “What someone did to Julia, they tried to do to you.”
He then gives Kirby some advice by telling her that if she’s “trying to be a reporter,” then Julia’s story is also her story and that she should help solve the mystery. However, with multiple women dead over several decades, Kirby and Dan have their work cut out for them. In one scene in the trailer, it looks like Dan has an altercation with the killer, who is played by Jamie Bell (Rocketman). In another, it seems like the creepy killer is following him.
Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Moura played Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons of Netflix’s Narcos. He’s also starred in films like the 2013 sci-fi flick Elysium with Matt Damon and the 2019 drama Wasp Network with Penélope Cruz.
Shining Girls premieres on AppleTV+ on April 29, 2022.