Zoë Kravitz To Star In ‘High Fidelity’ Series For Disney Streaming Service
Disney’s as-yet-untitled direct to consumer streaming service has commisioned a 10-episode series based on Nick Hornby’s novel ‘High Fidelity‘ it has been announced.
The original novel follows Rob, a London record store owner who, along with his employees Dick and Barry, obsess over music, pop culture, and “Top 5” lists of things. When Rob’s girlfriend leaves him he starts to re-evaluate his life by creating a “Top 5” list of worst breakups, and hits upon the idea of contacting his exes to find out why the split.
The TV series gender-switches that role as Zoë Kravitz takes the lead as the music and pop culture obsessed record store owner. This new version comes from ‘Bull’ & ‘Ugly Betty’ writer/producers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, along with studios Midnight Radio and ABC Signature.
This isn’t the first time ‘High Fidelity’ has made it to screen as Midnight Radio’s Scott Rosenberg co-wrote Stephen Frears’s brilliant feature film version which starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Iben Hjejle and Lisa Bonet. That also made changes to the original novel, moving the setting from London to Chicago, but was critically very well received.
Zoë Kravitz has recently been starring in ‘Big Little Lies’, played Leta Lestrange in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, Christina in the ‘Divergent’ films, and Toast the Knowing in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. She is the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, who starred as Marie De Salle in the 2000 film version.
This is the latest new show to be added to the Disney Streaming Service line up. We already know it will house the Jon Favreau live-action ‘Star Wars’ series, a new season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, a ‘High School Musical’ series, and a ‘Monsters Inc.’ animated series. There are also rumours they are considering live-action ‘Loki’ & ‘Scarlet Witch’ MCU spin-off series.
The as-yet-untitled Disney Streaming Service will launch “late 2019”, in the USA, and will then be rolled out worldwide at a later date. That means we probably won’t see it in the UK until at least 2020…