Stay Close: Cush Jumbo to star in new Netflix adaptation of Harlan Coben thriller

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The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo leads a new Netflix adaptation of Harlan Coben’s thriller Stay Close, in a gripping new drama coming to our screens next year. 

From American Crime Story to Doctor Foster and Liar, our love for a murky TV thriller knows no bounds. 

So it’s music to our ears to hear that another taut and suspense-ridden series is in the works for next year.

An all-star cast led by Cush Jumbo OBE will come together for a new Netflix adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestselling novel Stay Close, the channel announced today.

The eight-part drama will be produced by Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee, the same team behind hit Netflix thriller The Stranger; another adaptation of Coben’s work that aired earlier this year. 

Jumbo is joined by Cold Feet’s James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage (who also starred in The Stranger) in playing a trio of characters whose comfortable lives are thrown into turmoil after a long-lost secret comes back to haunt them. 

Broadchurch’s Sarah Parish is also on-board for the series.

Stay Close sees Jumbo take on the role of Megan, a busy suburban mum whose life is torn apart after Lorraine (Parish), a friend from her past, delivers some shocking news.

The revelation has a devastating knock-on effect on Ray (Armitage), a once-brilliant photographer stuck in a dead-end job pandering to rich kids, and Broome (Nesbitt), a detective who can’t let go of a missing persons cold case. 

According to the book’s Amazon blurb, the plot centres on these “three ordinary people, who discover that when the past refuses to stay buried, the American dream can be a nightmare”.

Cue: a once happy neighbourhood overshadowed by long-ago events that come crashing back, with dark and terrifying consequences. 

As with previous adaptations of Coben’s books, Netflix’s version of Stay Close will relocate the book’s story from the US to UK shores: filming is set to take place in Manchester and the North West of England.

 “I’m so excited to work alongside Netflix, Nicola and the whole team on Stay Close,” says Jumbo, who is best known for playing the lawyer Lucca Quinn in The Good Fight, as well as starring in Deadwater Fell. “I can’t wait to get my teeth into such a brilliant British thriller.”

Writer Coben, who is part of the production crew for the new drama, paid tribute to “a dream-come-true cast”; including Armitage, whom he worked with previously on The Stranger.

“Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and awesome talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage back again!” he said. “From what I’ve seen so far, Stay Close will be our most gripping and binge-able series yet.” 

Filming for Stay Close will start in early 2021, with an air date for later next year. We, for one, are counting down the days.   

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.