Harrison Ford is the latest big name not only making the jump to TV, but to Apple TV+ and their impressive roster of stars.
The legendary actor has signed on to star in Shrinking, a new comedy series that hails from Jason Segel, who will also co-star, as well as Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, known for their work on fellow Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso.
Shrinking will follow Jimmy – played by Segel – a grieving and burnt-out therapist who decides to start telling his patients exactly what he’s thinking. Ford will play Dr. Phil Rhodes, the owner of the practice Jimmy works at, a blue-collar doctor who tells it like it is but with a caring charm.
A trailblazer in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rhodes’ life takes an unexpected turn when he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His brilliant mind will now have to overcome new obstacles, like his overbearing friends and family, and learn how to deal with his legacy with these new changes.
Shrinking will be the second Apple TV+ project to star Segel after this year’s adaptation of The Sky Is Everywhere. It will also be the third time Lawrence partners with both Apple and Warner Bros. Television, after the aforementioned Ted Lasso and upcoming series Bad Monkey.
Ford is one of the best known actors to ever grace the screen, but this will be a new challenge even at this point in his career. Apple have made it a priority to bring in big names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and more, and Ford is just the latest to join the roster.
Ford’s last project was the 2020 film The Call Of The Wild, and he’ll next be seen reprising one of his biggest and best roles as Indiana Jones in the upcoming fifth film of the franchise. James Mangold has taken over for Steven Spielberg on this one, which will arrive in 2023.
Shrinking is currently in pre-production, and there’s no word yet on any release info. But Apple’s roster of stars, combined with its recent Oscar Best Picture win for original film CODA, certainly shows that the streaming platform is serious about competing with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.