Brie Larson to star in Apple TV+ series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) is set to star in and executive produce the drama series Lessons in Chemistry, which has landed a straight-to-series order at Apple in a competitive situation, Variety reports.

Brie Larson
Brie Larson

Joe Otterson for Variety:

Susannah Grant, who was previously nominated for an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for Erin Brockovich, will write and executive produce the series. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan will also executive produce under their Aggregate Films banner…

The series is based on the upcoming debut novel from author, science editor, and copywriter Bonnie Garmus. Set in the early 1960s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott (Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society deeming that women belong in the domestic sphere, not the professional one. When Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab, she musters the ingenuity only a single mother has. She accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, all the while craving a return to her true love: science.

MacDailyNews Note: Back in March 2019, Larson was set to star and executive-produce a drama series for Apple TV+, based on the real-life story of CIA undercover agent Amaryllis Fox, but Otterson reports that the “project stalled in the writing phase and was further delayed by COVID-19 pandemic. Due to Larson’s shooting schedule for Captain Marvel 2, the project is now on hold.”


    1. Which sexist? How are they being rewarded?

      Interesting fact: Lorene Rogers, the first woman President of the University of Texas at Austin (also the first at any major state university) was a world-class Ph.D. biochemist, but her 1962 application for a teaching position in the Chemistry Department was rejected, forcing her to apply for a position as Professor of Nutrition in the Home Economics Department. By 1974, when she was named President, she was a full professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and University Vice President. She served until 1979. As of 2021, she is still the only woman President that the University has ever had. Can you identify the sexists in that story?

      1. Brie Larson is the sexist, dummy.

        But keep swinging for the fences, chief. Perhaps one of these days you might write something that isn’t completely retarded.

        By the way, the show will suck harder than Tim Cockgobbler on an average night.

            1. I presume you are referring to this:


              A movie with a female central character is not sexist. It is not sexist for the actor playing that character to make sure that the reporters invited to interview her on the movie’s press tour include more than just white males. No white reporter was harmed by being forced to sit next to a black or female colleague at a presser.

        1. Ms. Larson requested that the audience at her publicity appearances be composed of more than just white males. She did not ask that the men be disinvited or fired, only that women and persons of color should also be invited. Likewise, she never suggested that there should be no white male lead actors or directors, only that there be a balance of additional voices. As I said, no critic was harmed by being forced to sit next to a female, black, or hispanic critic at a presser. It isn’t catching.

          How many times do you see something like this in a movie review: “The performance of X in this film rang true to my experience as a young person struggling to find his identity?” Well, the experience of a person struggling to find his identity as a woman or poor black is different from that of a private-school boy from a wealthy suburb (not better, not worse, but different). I’m not saying that the white critic cannot imagine that experience. The actor and director are being paid to help him imagine it. But—and this is a big but—the critic’s experience of the film, and thus his review, is going to be colored by his experience. If his experience is dramatically different not only from that of the cast but also from that of the audience that can be expected to see the film, the reliability of the review will be affected.

          If the audience for a film exactly reflects the adult population of the US, the majority are female. For a film with a female lead, the percentage is even higher. That majority is entitled to have access to reviews and interviews that were conducted by people who share the gendered aspects of their their life experience, as well as by those who do not. That is not going to happen if only white male critics are invited to publicity events for the film.

          Again, it is not “doing the same thing to a new group of people” to ask that white male leading actors, directors, and critics share the spotlight with others. There is room in the tent (or at the press conference) for everyone.

    1. Actually, 62 percent are on the free Apple TV+ trial offer. 29% of those said they do not plan to re-subscribe once the promo period expires;, 30% said they plan to renew, 3% are unsure.

      You are correct about one thing: People are tired of the DNC propaganda machine, but shows like “Ted Lasso,” for example, are blessedly free of blatant leftist slant.

      1. If you didn’t harp on with the “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” in your seditionist parallel universe, you might have a chance at being convincing.

  1. Tim Tim Tim.. move on .. everybody gets it.. have for a long time, look around!
    This constant emphasis on Social Virtue signaling is getting nauseating.
    Make it an entertainment channel not a propaganda platform.
    Apple is a technology company not a political platform.
    Stop alienating people through political polarization….. that is Not in the best interest of you shareholders. ‘Shareholders’ that is where your primary duty is Tim.

    1. As a ‘shareholder’ (quite large i might add) your comment is vapid. Give me one CEO however racist or sexist you might prefer them to be, who returns so much. Returns to the society in the form of understanding and perspective, returns to the planet in terms of thinking environmentally, even to “shareholders” in terms of massive stock gai…. oh, sorry, i mistook you for someone who was virtuous.. sorry to have wasted my time

      1. Tim Cockgobbler is riding Steve Jobs’s fumes. He’s neither creative nor a visionary. He’s as banal as they come, which is partly why he’s such a disgusting virtue signaling piece of utter shite.

  2. “She accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, all the while craving a return to her true love: science.”

    Sounds like “Good Eats” with Alton Brown. He breaks down recipes with science. . .

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