Apple TV’s The New Look, a World War II-set drama about fashion giants Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, will feature John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer, and Claes Bang with Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche, and Maisie Williams.
The New Look is set during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II, when Coco Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer comes to an end and Christian Dior emerges to help restore passion and vitality to the world with his innovative, memorable brand.
Lucien Lelong, President of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, whose influential namesake fashion firm hired Dior and Balmain during the Occupation, will be played by Malkovich.
Mortimer will play Eva Colozzi, Coco Chanel’s companion, confidante, and fashion muse. Bang will play Spatz, also known as Hans Von Dincklage, a Nazi officer assigned in Paris to woo and spy on the city’s female elite.
Malkovich had two Oscar nominations for his performances in the films In the Line of Fire and Places in the Heart, and he won an Emmy in 1986 for his depiction of Biff Loman in a CBS version of Arthur Miller’s iconic play, Death of a Salesman. He has previously starred on TV in Paolo Sorrentino’s The New Pope and Netflix’s sitcom Space Force. He was most lately seen in Luis Prieto’s Shattered, and his next appearance will be in Randall Emmett’s Wash Me in the River. WME represents Malkovich.
Todd A. Kessler will write, executive produce, and direct The New Look. It is the first project of Kessler and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s newly established TV producing company. Mark A. Baker will direct the new series.