The Julia Roberts role in Apple TV+ limited series “The Last Thing He Told Me” now belongs to Jennifer Garner, TheWrap has confirmed. The recasting is due to Roberts’ scheduling conflicts, a person with knowledge of the plans told us.
Garner will also now take the executive producer credit that was set aside for Roberts.
“The Last Thing He Told Me” is an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller of the same name. This streaming-video version comes from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, which optioned the book from author Laura Dave.
Dave is adapting the novel for TV, along with husband and co-creator Josh Singer. Those two, Garner, Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are the executive producers; Hello Sunshine and 20th Television are the studios.
The novel, published by Simon & Schuster on May 4, follows a woman who forms an unexpected relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while searching for the truth about why her husband has mysteriously disappeared.
“The Last Thing He Told Me” marks the latest collaboration between Apple and Hello Sunshine, and will join previously announced projects produced by Hello Sunshine for Apple TV+ including “Surface,” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw; “My Kind of Country,” the streaming service’s first competition series; “The Morning Show”; and “Truth Be Told,” starring Octavia Spencer and Kate Hudson.
Garner most recently starred in (and produced) “Yes, Day” with Edgar Ramirez and Jenna Ortega. She’ll next star in sci-fi film “The Adam Project” alongside Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. The busy Capitol One pitchwoman will also star and produce the comedy film “Family Leave,” which is inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book “Bedtime For Mommy.” (Sounds like there’s a lot in her wallet.)
Garner is represented Linden Entertainment, CAA, The Lede Company, and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Deadline first reported the recasting news.