Apple TV+ has officially given a series order to the upcoming epic WWII thriller drama titled The new look, centered on the rise of fashion icon Christian Dior and his rivalry with grande dame Coco Chanel. Emmy winner Ben Mendelsohn and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche have signed on for the lead roles in the Parisian project.
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The new look will be written, directed and produced by Todd A. Kessler (The Sopranos), which will be based on real events. It will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark A. Baker.
“The series will be set against the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II when Coco Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer comes to an end and Christian Dior rises up to help restore the spirit and life to the world with its groundbreaking and iconic imprint of beauty and influence that will continue to define generations to come,” reads the synopsis. “It focuses on the pivotal moment of the 20th century when Paris brought the world back to life through its fashion icons: Christian Dior (played by Mendelsohn), whose designs dominated global fashion in the decade following World War II. The intertwined saga will include the surprising stories of Dior’s contemporaries and rivals: the great lady Coco Chanel (played by Binoche), Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.
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Mendelsohn is best known for his acclaimed performance in the Netflix thriller drama Linewhich won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2016. He is currently in production for Marvel Studios. Secret Invasion series, where he will reprise his MCU role as Talos.
Binoche’s notable film credits include three colors blue, The English Patientand Chocolate, with the 1996 drama that won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This is her first major television series after appearing in previous TV movies such as those in 1991. Women & Men 2 and 2011 MissJulie.