Apple TV+ has finalized the cast for the ensemble Dear Edwarda drama series written and produced by Jason Katims, based on the novel by Ann Napolitano. Amy Forsyth (CODA, The Gilded Age)† Carter Hudson †Snowfall, the wilderness† Idris DeBrand †MotherFatherSon, the informant)† Ivan Shaw †Nocturne, the cleaning lady† Jenna Qureshi (Just Add Magic: Mystery City, Mozart in the Jungle† Anna Uzele (from Broadway) Six, city on a hill† Dario Ladani Sanchez †Paper trail† Eva Ariel Binder †Grey’s Anatomy, Stillwater† Brittany S. Hall (Ballers, David makes man), Maxwell Jenkins †Lost in Space, Joe Bell) and Audrey Corsa †Everyone get up, tell me a story) join previously announced lead actors Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling and Colin O’Brien.
Dear Edward tells the story of Edward Adler (O’Brien), a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial jet crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed.
Forsyth plays Linda, after Linda’s boyfriend is tragically killed in the crash, she remains pregnant with a part-time job as a hostess and has no support system.
Hudson portrays John, Lacey’s husband and Edward’s uncle. Edward comes to live with them after the crash.
Binder is Shay, Edward’s friend and lifeline after moving in next door after the crash.
Jenkins portrays Jordan, Edward’s older brother who lives somewhat in the shadow of his highly intelligent younger brother.
Qureshi is Mahira, Jordan’s secret girlfriend who develops a close relationship with Edward after the crash.
Hall plays Amanda, a piano tuner and aspiring recording artist who mourns the loss of her fiancé who died in the crash.
Corsa portrays Zoe, Dee Dee’s (Britton) daughter. After her father is killed in the crash, she must struggle with much more to do with Dee Dee, with whom she has an extremely strained relationship.
Uzele is Adriana, a bright activist just starting her career and rethinking her professional life after losing her grandmother, the second ever black congressman.
Shaw plays Steve. Always the golden child, Steve rethinks his priorities when his estranged brother is killed in the crash.
Debrand is Kojo, a charismatic, funny and outspoken entrepreneur who has to leave his beloved homeland of Ghana to care for his niece Becks after his sister is killed in the crash.
Sanchez plays Sam, an up and coming graphic designer with a beautiful wife and young daughter. Sam is shocked by the sudden loss of his high school best friend in the crash.
Eva Ariel Binder, Brittany S. Hall, Idris Debrand, Carter Hudson, Maxwell Jenkins, Jenna Qureshi, Audrey Corsa, Anna Uzele, Ivan Shaw and Dario Ladani Sanchez join former leaders Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling and Colin O’Brien .
The series is described as a heartbreaking, life-affirming and uplifting tale of survival, resilience, connection and the exploration of what makes us human. Dear Edward, from Apple Studios, is written by Katims, who acts as showrunner. He is an executive producer through True Jack Productions alongside Jeni Mulein. Author Napolitano also serves as an executive producer alongside Fisher Stevens (Palmer), who will direct the first episode and serve as the executive producer of the pilot. David Boyd will serve as producing director.
Forsyth is represented by The Gersh Agency, David Dean Management and AMI Artist Management, Binder by A3 Artists Agency & Pallas Management Group; Jenkins by Innovative and Gilbertson Entertainment; Qureshi by Paradigm, Sinclair Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Carter by APA, Anonymous Content and Schrek Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham; Hall by LINK Entertainment, APA, AWA and Myman Greenspan; Corsa by APA and attorney, Rick Genow; Uzele by Innovative Artists. Shaw by Mosaic, TalentWorks and Attorneys Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher; Debrand of Alan Siegel Entertainment, United Agents and Sloan, Offer, Weber & Dern and Sanchez is with Buchwald and Brookside Artists.