Stay Close: We have a first look at Netflix’s adaptation of the twisty Harlan Coben thriller starring James Nesbitt and Cush Jumbo

Stay Close: Netflix’s adaptation of the twisty Harlan Coben thriller starring James Nesbitt and Cush Jumbo already looks incredible

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Netflix’s new adaptation of Harlan Coben’s gripping thriller Stay Close is coming to our screens at the end of the year. Here’s everything you need to know. 

From Midnight Mass and Squid Game to The Unforgivable, our love for a murky Netflix thriller knows no bounds.

So back in October 2020, when the streamer announced that it was bringing yet another twisty Harlan Coben novel, Stay Close, to our screens, it was music to our ears.

And now, after a long wait, we finally know its release date, and have a first-look at the star-studded cast.

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. 

Cash Jumbo, Cold Feet’s James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage (who also starred in The Stranger) play 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, Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner, Daniel Francis and Bethany Antonia will also take on roles in the series.

Richard Armitage stars in Netflix's Stay Close
Richard Armitage stars in Netflix's Stay Close

What is the plot of Stay Close?

As the official synopsis explains: “With trademark thrills, gripping suspense, and a crime to solve, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone.

Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect; Megan (Jumbo), a working mother of three; Ray (Armitage), the once promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids, and Broome (Nesbitt), a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case.

As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?”

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

James Nesbitt stars in Netflix's Stay Close
James Nesbitt plays a detective in Netflix's Stay Close

What are people saying about Stay Close?

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, previously 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.” 

High praise, indeed.

When will Stay Close be available to watch?

Thankfully, there’s not too long to wait – the series will begin streaming on Netflix on 31 December.

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