The story was set to become a film shortly after the book’s publication and went through several iterations. Names like Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, and Joel Edgerton have been attached, as well as directors like Peter Weir (“The Truman Show”), Mira Nair (“Queen of Katwe”), and Garth Davis (“Lion”). Apple announced the “Shantaram” series in 2018.
The trailer is intriguing. It starts by making you feel like this will be the typical story of a troubled outsider who finds himself redeemed in a new city. As it progresses, though, you get a sense that the past crimes aren’t going to loosen their grip on Lin without a lot of effort, if at all.
The Apple original series also stars Antonia Desplat as Karla Saaranen, Alexander Siddig as Khader Khan, and Shubham Saraf, with ensemble cast members Luke Pasqualino, Vincent Perez, Elektra Jansson Kilbey, and Fayssal Bazzi. Lightfoot also serves as executive producer with Bharat Nalluri (“Little America,” “Professionals”), who directed the first three episodes. Also executive producing are Hunnam, Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, Steve Golin, Justin Kurzel, and Singer. Here is the official synopsis for the series:
Escaped convict Lin Ford (Charlie Hunnam) flees to the teeming streets of 1980s Bombay, looking to disappear. Working as a medic for the city’s poor and neglected, Lin finds unexpected love, connection, and courage on the long road to redemption.
“Shantaram” will premiere on Apple TV+ on October 14, 2022.