Orlando Bloom's This Must Be The Place Cast, Showrunner, Plot And More Details

Amazon Studios has a long track record of success with adapting novels — just look at shows like "The Man in the High Castle," "Jack Ryan," and "Good Omens." These projects have received critical acclaim, commercial success, or both. The latest book Amazon is banking on turning into a hit series is Maggie O'Farrell's 2016 tome "This Must Be the Place."

A celebrated novelist from Northern Ireland, O'Farrell's work has been snapped up by Hollywood; Chloe Zhao is currently hard at work on an adaptation of her 2020 bestseller "Hamnet." Where that book is about William Shakespeare's little-known son, "This Must Be the Place" takes place in the modern day and explores the complexities of marriage and family through Claudette and Daniel, two characters you're sure to remember for years to come. If you're curious about the plot of the upcoming project, which actors will star, or just about anything else, read on. This is everything we know about "This Must Be the Place."

When will This Must Be The Place be released?

"This Must Be the Place" doesn't yet have a confirmed release date, but it's possible to make an educated guess. One big Hollywood name has become associated with the project: Orlando Bloom. Bloom is currently involved in a number of other projects, three of which are in post-production: Jonathan Easley's crime drama "Red Right Hand," the stoner comedy "Wizards!," and boxing flick "The Cut." 

"The Cut," a psychological thriller in which Bloom plays a boxer who comes out of retirement for one last fight, reportedly wrapped up filming in July 2023. This appears to be his last dangling project, which means it's possible Bloom can film "This Must Be the Place" in late 2023 or early 2024. That would put it on track to release by the end of 2024. 

This is all speculation, of course, but it's not without basis. Once the start of production for "This Must Be the Place" is announced, the timeline will be a lot clearer — and we'll be sure to keep you updated.

What is plot of This Must Be The Place?

"This Must Be the Place" is a multi-generational relationship drama about a couple with lots of skeletons in their respective closets. The story as told in the novel takes place between 1944 and 2016, and jumps around to different time periods. The TV show will reportedly take place in multiple times and locations as well.

Orlando Bloom's character is Daniel Sullivan, a recently divorced New York linguist who travels to his family's native Ireland to retrieve his grandfather's ashes. There, he meets Claudette Wells, a hermetic ex-actress who faked her death and now wards off unwanted guests with a shotgun. The two strike up an unlikely romance and eventually have children. Daniel is also estranged from his two children from a previous marriage, Niall and Phoebe, who both live in California. When Daniel travels to New York for his father's 90th birthday, he begins to reconcile with them. Of course, complications ensue — the kind that make for great TV.

Who is starring in This Must Be The Place?

So far, the only announced cast member is "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings" star Orlando Bloom, who will be playing the lead role of Daniel Sullivan. Besides Daniel, Claudette, Phoebe, Niall, and Daniel's father, other major characters include Daniel's mother Teresa Sullivan; Timou Lindstrom, Claudette's first lover, a film director and one of the few who knows that she faked her death; Claudette and Timou's son Ari; Claudette's brother and sister-in-law Lucas and Maeve; Daniel's former college roommate Todd; and Nicola Janks, Daniel's former professor and lover while he was a student. Who might fill these vivid roles? We don't yet know, but they're sure to be talented.

Who is showrunning and producing This Must Be The Place?

Orlando Bloom will act as executive producer on the series, alongside Suzanne Heathcote, who will serve as the showrunner. Before "This Must Be the Place," Heathcote served as the showrunner for the third season of the BBC America spy thriller series "Killing Eve." Before that, she was an executive story editor on the "Walking Dead" spin-off "Fear the Walking Dead" and was credited with writing 16 episodes. She was also a producer on the Jason Momoa-led dystopic sci-fi series "See," which aired on Apple TV+.

On the producing side of things, the show is a venture between Amazon Studios, BBC Studios LA Productions, Orlando Bloom's company Amazing Owl, and House Productions. House Productions previously produced the TV movie "Brexit: The Uncivil War," which starred Benedict Cumberbatch as political strategist Dominic Cummings.

Otherwise, the show's directors and writing staff have yet to be announced. Most likely, that news will come closer to the production's start date.