What is Presumed Innocent about? (who does Jake Gyllenhaal play in this crime thriller?)

Jake Gyllenhaal takes the lead in Presumed Innocent, a new crime thriller on Apple TV+. Who does he play, and what is this series about?
Presumed Innocent on Apple TV+
Presumed Innocent on Apple TV+ /

If you’re looking for a new show to watch, you’ll want to turn to Apple TV+. Presumed Innocent’s first two episodes have dropped.

The series, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, is more of a legal thriller than a crime drama. However, it focuses on a murder and it’s created by David E. Kelley, so we’re including it in lists of shows to check out while we wait for broadcast shows to return.

It’s based on the book of the same name by Scott Turow. You may also remember the 1990s movie of the same name, which was also based on the book. So, what’s the TV series about?

Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the role of Rusty Sabich in Presumed Innocent

Gyllenhaal plays the role that Harrison Ford played in the 1990 movie. He is Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who ends up being charged for a murder he may or may not have committed. Rusty claims his innocence, but he ends up facing trial for the crime.

In the novel and the movie, Rusty is having an affair with a woman who ends up murdered. There is evidence that connects the murder to him, and he ends up having to prove his innocence.

What is Presumed Innocent about?

The eight-part limited series follows Rusty, who is a successful lawyer in the prosecutor office. When his colleague Carolyn Polhemus is found dead, Rusty wants to investigate the crime. The tables turn when he is the one accused of the murder, though.

As the prosecution builds a case against one of its own, Raymond Horgan steps in as Rusty’s defense attorney. He will do what he can to prove that Rusty didn’t commit the crime.

Of course, we’re left wondering if he did do it, especially as we learn the truth about Rusty and Carolyn’s relationship. Who could want to frame him for the crime if he didn’t do it? What happens as the truth comes out? Now that is something you’ll have to wait to find out as this Apple TV+ series is released weekly.

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