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Ben Stiller will unveil Severance on Apple TV+, a science fiction story starring Adam Scott in the lead role.

Apple TV+ multiplies prestigious collaborations. After Martin Scorsese, who will direct two feature films for the apple, the latter joins forces this time with Ben Stiller for Severance. The actor and director will image a new series, between science fiction and thriller.

In nine episodes, this new production will follow the adventures of Mark Scout, who works for Lumon Industries where he leads a team whose employees undergo a surgical operation to separate their memories related to their professional life from those related to their private life. This risky experiment is called into question when Mark finds himself at the heart of a mystery, which will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and his own.

Apple has shared the first, rather intriguing images. We find Adam Scott in the main role. The actor, best known for Parks and Recreation, will rub shoulders with other well-known faces from the small screen, starting with Patricia Arquette (Medium). John Turturro (The Batman) and Zach Cherry (Succession) will also be there.

The series will launch on February 18 on Apple TV+. On this date, the first two episodes will be accessible. Next, Severance will adopt the rhythm of one episode per week, for 7 weeks.

A year rich in novelties

In its third year of existence, Apple TV+ is working hard. The SVOD platform hopes to establish itself as a must-have for SVOD, thanks to original productions. Exclusively original since, unlike its competitors, the offer only includes new series and films, which it has produced itself or bought from other studios.

In 2022, we should thus find popular series like Ted Lasso and MythicQuest, but also discover new works. This will be the case with Severance, but also Suspicion with Uma Thurman. The series is due out on February 4 on our screens.

On the film side, there will also be something new, in particular with the rereading of A Christmas Carol with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. The new adaptation of the short story by Charles Dickens should land at the end of the year, just in time to slip under the tree. Killers of the Flower Moon, by Martin Scorsese is also announced for 2022.

These are all productions that could change the game, at a time when Apple TV+ is struggling to attract new subscribers. In North America, it claims less than 20 million paid subscribers. Figures significantly below those of Disney +, but which could well do the business of the firm.

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