Apple is finally beginning to lift the lid on their streaming service, Apple TV Plus, by shedding some light on its upcoming comedy series starring Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) titled Dickinson. The tech company released the first teaser today, and it has us scratching our heads.
Hailee Steinfeld stars as renowned poet Emily Dickinson, sort of. The teaser gives us a glimpse at the contemporary period piece that is much more A Knight's Tale than Jane Eyre. Steinfeld is featured as the imaginative young girl that would much rather party than vie for a husband. "I have one purpose," Emily says. "And that is to become a great writer." Her parents strongly disapprove, of course. Her mother, played by Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) had this to say about her daughter.
"She's wild, she'll be the ruin of this family, and she doesn't know how to behave like a proper lady,"
Everything from the teaser's music, the characters vernacular, accent and dance moves are straight out of today's era. And yet, the setting is the 19th century. Similar to the critically acclaimed Rocketman which centered on music legend Elton John, Dickinson will feature fantastical elements sprinkled in to show the imaginative worlds our protagonist builds in her head. In the trailer, we see this manifest as ghost horses pulling a carriage, which in itself is an interesting visual.
According to Apple, the show will do more than just reveal a fictionalized, comedic version of the "A Bid Came Down the Walk," author. The company promises a coming-of-age series that, "explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of a rebellious young poet."
Dickinson also stars Toby Huss (Glow), Anna Baryshnikov (Manchester By the Sea), Ella Hunt (The More You Ignore Me) and Adrian Enscoe (Seeds).
This is only the third project from Apple's upcoming streaming platform to release a trailer. We first saw the trailer for Ronald D. Moore's For All Man Kind, an alternate history series that asks, "What if the space race between the United States and Soviet Union never ended?" Then, the trailer for the drama series starring Jenifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell dropped. The Morning Show peels back the curtain on the hosts of a news show, revealing one star who's been ousted, one leaving her prime and one breaking into the business with a bang. Each series boats a strong cast and vastly different premise. Until now, the tech giant has been fairly secretive about its projects, so it is difficult to tell which ones will land and which will fall, but in the streaming landscape of today, Apple has plenty of competition to test them.
Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom) serves as writer and executive producer while David Green is set to direct and executive produce. Alex Goldstone, Michael Sugar, Ashley Zalta and Darlene Hunt are also set to produce. Dickinson will debut on Apple's streaming platform Apple TV Plus in the fall. You can check out the trailer on Apple TV's official Youtube channel.