Jennifer Garner To Star In ‘The Last Thing He Told Me’ Apple Limited Series From Hello Sunshine In Recasting

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner is set to headline and executive produce Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me. Based on the New York Times No. 1 bestseller, the series is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, who optioned the book from author Laura Dave and serves as the studio on the project with 20th Television.

Josh Singer, Laura Dave - Credit: Apple
Josh Singer, Laura Dave - Credit: Apple


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Garner replaces Julia Roberts, who originally was set to star but had to pull out over a scheduling issue.

Created by Dave and co-created by Oscar winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the Last Thing He Told Me adaptation follows a woman (Garner) who forms an unexpected relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while searching for the truth about why her husband has mysteriously disappeared.

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The Last Thing He Told Me is executive produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, as well as Garner and married duo Dave and Singer.

This marks the second Apple TV+ limited series Garner is headlining and executive producing, alongside an adaptation of Amy Silverstein’s memoir My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, which she exec produces alongside Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson.

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Garner recently starred in and produced the Netflix feature Yes Day. She next will star in sci-fi film The Adam Project alongside Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. She also will star and produce the comedy film Family Leave, inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book Bedtime for Mommy. Garner is repped by CAA, Linden Entertainment and Sloane Offer.

Dave’s novel The Last Thing He Told Me became an instant bestseller when it was published May 4 by Simon & Schuster. The novel has spent more than six months on the NYT bestseller list (27 weeks and counting) and has sold more than 1.3 million copies, putting it on track to be one of the top-selling novels of 2021. It is available in 32 countries.

UPDATE: Garner reacted to the news of her casting in an IG story.


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