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The Innocent Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Mario Casas, Juana Acosta, Josean Bengoetxea
Netflix have just released the trailer to its newest adaptation of a Harlan Coben bestselling thriller The Innocent (El Innocente). Subtitled “Nobody escapes from the past,” the new eight-episode original miniseries will arrive on Netflix on April 30. It is an intriguing trailer introducing the main characters of this thriller full of twists and turns which will be set in Spain.
As the trailer suggests, The Innocent is another puzzle created by Harlan Coben to decipher. The series will follow Mateo, a man who went to prison for homicide after accidently killing a man when trying to break up a fight. Nine years later, Mateo is now happily married to Olivia when a shocking call from Olivia’s phone plunges Mateo into a frenetic race to unearth the truth and prove his innocence. The Innocent is produced in Spain by Sospecha Films and Think Studio for Netflix, and created by Oriol Paulo, with Harlan Coben as one of the executive producers.
The trailer introduces the four main characters of the miniseries. Mateo Vidal, played by award-winning actor Mario Casas (The Occupant, The Parademic), is the leading character “who never meant to kill that guy,” named Matt Hunter in Coben’s book. Olivia Costa, played by Aura Garrido (What the Future Holds), is Mateo’s wife, who, the trailer hints, hides deep secrets. Lorena Ortiz, played by Alexandra Jiménez (In Family I Trust), Loren Muse in the book, a police inspector doubting Mat’s innocence, whose “life turned to shit” the day the person she loved left her. And Teo Aguilar, played by Jose Coronado (The Invisible Guest), whose life was turned upside down the day he was brought to “that case.”
Creator Oriol Paulo is best known for The Body and The Invisible Guest (which also starred Mario Casas and Jose Coronado), two feature films he both wrote and directed. Paulo creates intriguingly plotted thrillers that keep audiences engaged. The Spanish director is great at creating suspense, and appears particularly fond of mysteries with flashbacks and unexpected twist endings. Both The Body and The Invisible Guest were similar in terms of structure and their abundant use of flashbacks. Paulo thus appears to be a perfect match to adapt a Coben thriller.
Back in June 2020, Netflix released the Polish production of Harlan Coben’s The Woods by Agata Malesińska and Wojtek Miłoszewsk. It is an excellent miniseries, beautifully shot by Pawel Flis, the director of photography, that effortlessly transposed Coben’s New Jersey thriller to Poland. What made The Woods such a great adaptation was that the series added cultural and historical issues specific to Poland on top of Coben’s already captivating mystery, thus creating a new layer to the original story.
If Netflix’s The Woods is anything to go by, The Innocent is also sure to be a great new adaptation. In Harlan Coben’s book, the protagonist Matt Hunter lives in New Jersey, and the unsettling call on his wife’s phone leads him to Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see how creator Oriol Paulo and his script writing team, Jordi Vallejo and Guillem Clua, have moved the story with its specifically U.S. cultural setting to Spain.
After the British production of The Stranger, the Polish adaptation of The Woods, and now the Spanish production of The Innocent, Netflix is continuing its collaboration with the American author with yet another European production. Netlfix is preparing an upcoming French production of another of his thrillers, which will also be executive produced by Coben. The streaming platform announced in July 2020 the adaptation of Gone For Good, a five-part series which will star Finnegan Oldfield, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Guillaume Gouix and Garance Marillier, and directed by Juan Carlos Medina. Production for this series began in September 2020.