Lady in the Lake
Based onLady in the Lake
by Laura Lippman
Written by
Screenplay by
  • Alma Har'el
  • Laura Lippman
  • Dre Ryan
  • Brianna Belser
  • Nambi Kelley
  • Boaz Yakin
  • Sheila Wilson
Directed byAlma Har'el
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes7
Executive producers
Production locationsBaltimore, MD
CinematographyLachlan Milne
  • Kat Cattani
  • Tyler Eversmann
Production companies
Original networkApple TV+

Lady in the Lake is an upcoming American limited series based on the novel of the same name by Laura Lippman. It is set to premiere on Apple TV+.


In 1960s Baltimore, an investigative journalist working on an unsolved murder clashes with a woman working to advance the agenda of the city's black community. The protagonist ditches her doting husband and big Pikesville home to pursue a career as a newspaper reporter. She becomes obsessed with unraveling the mystery of two separate killings: eleven-year-old Tessie Fine and a bartender named Cleo Sherwood.[1]

Cast and characters



The television series is based on the novel of the same name. Laura Lippman, the author, took inspiration from two real-life murders that happened in her youth.[1] The first was the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz, a white Jewish girl whose death was heavily publicized.[2][3][4] The second death was 33-year-old Shirley Parker, a black woman who was found dead in the fountain of the Druid Hill Park Reservoir.[5] Parker's death was only given attention in African-American newspapers, specifically the Baltimore Afro-American.[6]


The miniseries was given the greenlight in March 2021, with Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong'o set to star, and Alma Har'el will direct all episodes of the series.[7] In April 2022, Y'Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman were added to the cast.[8] In May 2022, Nyong'o exited the series.[9][10] Moses Ingram would be cast to replace her in June.[11] Noah Jupe, Mike Epps, Byron Bowers. Josiah Cross and Pruitt Taylor Vince would be added in July.[12]


Filming began in April 2022,[8] with production taking place in Baltimore.[13] Production paused briefly in late August 2022, when the production received threats of violence while filming in the city.[14] The threats were later found to be unsubstantiated after police investigation.[15]


  1. ^ a b Tkacik, Christina (July 23, 2019). "How 2 unrelated deaths from 1969 inspired Baltimore crime novelist Laura Lippman's 'Lady in the Lake'". The Baltimore Sun.
  2. ^ Rodricks, Dan (April 17, 2014). "A true detective remembers the Lebowitz case". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ "Young Gets Life For Killing Girl". The Baltimore Sun. November 13, 1970. ProQuest 541230983.
  4. ^ George, Justin (April 25, 2014). "Man denied new trial in 1969 murder of 11-year-old: Death of Esther Lebowitz". The Baltimore Sun. ProQuest 1518888380.
  5. ^ "How Did Shirley Get Into Park's Lake Fountain?: Funeral held but death is still mystery". Baltimore Afro-American. June 14, 1969. ProQuest 532203974.
  6. ^ "Remembering the 'Lady In The Lake' 52 Years Later". Baltimore Afro-American. May 11, 2017. Archived from the original on October 12, 2022.
  7. ^ White, Peter (March 10, 2021). "Natalie Portman & Lupita Nyong'o To Star In 'Lady In The Lake' Series At Apple From Alma Har'el, Dre Ryan, Jean-Marc Vallée, Bad Wolf & Endeavor Content". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2022). "Lady In The Lake: Y'Lan Noel, Mikey Madison, Brett Gelman Join Apple Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 20, 2022). "Lupita Nyong'o Exits 'Lady in the Lake' Series at Apple (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (May 20, 2022). "Lupita Nyong'o Exits 'Lady In The Lake' Apple Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  11. ^ White, Peter (June 23, 2022). "Moses Ingram Joins Apple Limited Series Lady In The Lake, Replacing Lupita Nyong'o Alongside Natalie Portman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  12. ^ White, Peter (July 7, 2022). "Noah Jupe & Mike Epps Among Cast Joining Apple Series Lady In The Lake". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong'o To Begin Filming Apple TV's Lady In The Lake Adaptation In Baltimore, Author Says". WJZ-TV. April 22, 2022. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  14. ^ Murphy, J. Kim (August 28, 2022). "Lady in the Lake Filming Halted in Baltimore After Apple TV+ Production Threatened With Shooting". Variety. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  15. ^ Fenton, Justin (August 30, 2022). "Police scale back accusations related to alleged threat on set of 'Lady in the Lake'". the-baltimore-banner. Retrieved September 7, 2022.