Rashida Jones has signed on to star in Sunny, a dark comedy series from A24 that will air on Apple TV+. The series will consist of ten, 30-minute long episodes and is based on Colin O’Sullivan‘s book, Dark Manuel. O’Sullivan is an Irish writer based in Japan, and the series will also take place in Kyoto.
The plot revolves around Suzie, whose life is upended when her husband and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash. As a ‘consolation’ she’s given Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by her husband’s electronics company.
At first Suzie resents Sunny’s attempts to fill the void in her life, before gradually the two develop an unexpected friendship, and together they uncover the dark truth of what really happened to Suzie’s family, becoming dangerously enmeshed in an unusual new world.
Katie Robbins (The Affair) will write the series and serve as creator, while Lucy Tcherniak (Station Eleven) will direct. Ravi Nandan (Euphoria) and Jess Lubben (Mr. Corman) will also produce.
Jones has a pretty good relationship with Apple and A24 already, having starred in Sofia Coppola‘s 2020 film On The Rocks, while she’s also working on another series for the streamer titled Wool, based on a trilogy of novels by Hugh C. Howey.
Jones has always had excellent comedy chops, proven by her work on Parks & Recreation, The Office, BlackAF, and more, and it will be interesting to see her take on a darker comedy role like this. There’s currently no release window for Sunny.