Apple is lining up a lot of stars as it moves into the streaming original television universe.
The tech giant has cast “Breaking Bad” and “The Path” alum Aaron Paul as the male lead opposite Octavia Spencer in “Are You Sleeping,” a drama about America’s obsession with true crime podcasts. Reese Witherspoon is one of the show’s executive producers.
Paul headlines an impressive cast that includes Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”), Mekhi Phifer (“Frequency”), Michael Beach (“Sons of Anarchy”), Tracie Thoms (“UnREAL”) and Haneefah Wood (“One Day at a Time”). Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) was previously announced as part of the project.
“Are You Sleeping” challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. Spencer plays Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind the decades-old questionable murder verdict of Warren Cave (Paul) through her new podcast.
Characters also include Warren’s mother, Melanie (Perkins); twin sisters Josie and Lanie (Caplan); Poppy’s friend and former detective Markus Knox (Phifer); Poppy’s husband and successful attorney Ingram Rhoades (Beach); Poppy’s older opinionated older sister, Desiree (Thoms); Poppy’s fiercely loyal sister, Cydie (Wood); and Poppy’s father, Leander “Shreve” Scoville (Cephas Jones).