Claire Danes will take over the role of Keira Knightley in The Essex Serpent , The Wrap writes on Wednesday.

Knightley gave up her role on the Apple TV + series last fall because of her two young children. In the UK, where shooting would start, it was unclear which corona measures would be in effect. The actress did not want to be separated from her family for too long.

The Essex Serpent is about widow Cora (Danes), who moves from London to Essex after an abusive relationship. The residents of her new hometown say the mythical figure Essex Serpent has returned.

The series is directed by Clio Barnard. Andrea Cornwell is the producer.