The Savant

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The Savant
Created byMelissa James Gibson
Based on"Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?"
by Andrea Stanley
Screenplay byMelissa James Gibson
Directed byMatthew Heineman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Melissa James Gibson
  • Jessica Giles
  • Kelly Carmichael
ProducerBrian Madden
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

The Savant is an upcoming American crime thriller miniseries based on the novel by Andrea Stanley. The series will be directed by Matthew Heineman, and is starring Jessica Chastain and Nnamdi Asomugha.


The series is reportedly inspired by a true-life story entitled “Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?” which featured in Cosmopolitan in August 2019 of a woman who has come to be known as “the Savant” who infiltrates online hate-groups in order to prevent large-scale public attacks.[1]






The series is written by Melissa James Gibson, who also acts as show runner and executive producer. It is directed by Matthew Heineman and produced by Fifth Season and Anonymous Content. Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films also executive produces alongside Jessica Chastain. Jessica Giles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine and Brian Madden, senior VP of development for Hearst Magazines, will produce. Andrea Stanley, writer of the original Cosmopolitan Magazine feature, will consult.[2]


It was reported in Variety in March 2023, that Jessica Chastain had been cast in an eight-part series called The Savant for Apple TV.[3] Chastain said that her performance in the role was designed to protect the anonymity of the real-life character because “I wouldn’t want to look and behave exactly like her, because I want to keep her hidden.”[4] In February 2024, Nnamdi Asomugha joined the cast in a main role,[5] while James Badge Dale was added in a recurring capacity.[6] Additional casting was announced in March.[7]


Filming was scheduled for September 2023 in New York.[8] It would instead begin in April 2024.[9]


The series is expected to be broadcast in the UK on Apple TV in 2024.[10]


  1. ^ Chapman, Wilson (27 March 2023). "Jessica Chastain Limited Series 'The Savant' Ordered at Apple TV+". Indie Wire. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  2. ^ White, Peter (27 March 2023). "Jessica Chastain To Star In Limited Series 'The Savant' For Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (27 March 2023). "Jessica Chastain to Star in Apple Limited Series 'The Savant'". Variety. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  4. ^ Hazel, Andy (23 December 2023). "Actress Jessica Chastain". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 February 2024). "The Savant: Nnamdi Asomugha Joins Jessica Chastain In Apple Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  6. ^ James Badge Dale Joins Apple’s ‘The Savant’ Limited Series Starring Jessica Chastain
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (3 April 2024). "The Savant Apple Series Rounds Out Cast With 8, Including Jordana Spiro, Michael Mosley, Dagmara Dominczyk". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  8. ^ Kundu, Tamal (6 July 2023). "Jessica Chastain's The Savant Starts Shooting in New York in September". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Apple TV films driving scene for 'Savant' on Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow". Retrieved 7 April 2024.
  10. ^ Heritage, Stuart; Abbott, Kate (28 December 2023). "'Guaranteed to be a banger': the 50 must-see TV shows for 2024". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2023.

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