Disclaimer: Cate Blanchett teams up with Alfonso Cuaron for thriller series

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Cate Blanchett in the Apple TV+ series Disclaimer.
Cate Blanchett in the Apple TV+ series Disclaimer. Credit: Apple

Cate Blanchett will star in a series from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote and directed the seven-part series.

The show, called Disclaimer, is being billed as a “gripping psychological thriller” and will also star Kevin Kline, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lesley Manville and Australians Leila George and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Based on a novel by Renee Knight, Disclaimer is the story of an acclaimed journalist (Blanchett) who has made a career out of exposing corruption and bad behaviour.

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Then she receives an unpublished book from a mysterious writer and is surprised to discover she is the main character in the novel – and it exposes her secrets. She has to find her tormentor before her life is unravelled.

It also stars Enola Holmes’ Louis Partridge and Squid Game’s Hoyeon Jung.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Director Alfonso Cuaron attends 'Gravity' green carpet during the 9th Zurich Film Festival on September 27, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Alfonso Cuaron is a five-time Oscar winner. Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Disclaimer has an impressive list of creatives working on the series. Long-time Cuaron and Terence Malick collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki and will be the director of photography on some episodes with Bruno Delbonnel, who has worked on three Coen brothers movies, serving as DOP on the rest.

Lubezki, who has won three Oscars, has not worked in television since the 1993 series Fallen Angels, which was directed by Cuaron and Steven Soderberg.

Cuaron is the Mexican filmmaker behind Gravity, Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Roma and has won five Oscars. He has not released anything since Roma, his semi-biographical ode to his childhood in Mexico City.

The number of Oscars between the topline Disclaimer cast and crew is astounding. Blanchett has won two from eight nominations, Kline won one for A Fish Called Wanda and even Baron Cohen has been nominated for three. Smit-McPhee also has a nomination for Power of the Dog.

The score is composed by Finneas O’Connell, brother of Billie Eilish, who has won two Oscars for best original song. Delbonnel has been nominated six times, including for Inside Llewyn Davis and Joel Coen’s stark, black-and-white adaptation, The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Disclaimer will premiere on Apple TV+ on October 11.

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