Not all love stories are romantic and the one starring Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint is of a different kind, it’s not even friendship or brotherly love, they are two brothers-in-law condemned to understand each other because they share a secret and many, many bottles of wine in ‘Servant ‘. The series produced by M. Night Shyamalan premieres its third season on Apple TV+ this January 21 and we sat down to talk with this fictional brother-in-law about how the relationship between their characters and Julian’s evolution from alcoholic and drug addict to fitness guy: “I had never done lunges, it was a completely new thing, I think I could have used a stunt double to do the walking up and down the room thing,” jokes Grint, who was Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga.
The plot of the series is really difficult to summarize, but it begins with a woman whose baby has died and she believes that a hyper-realistic doll is her son. And everyone follows suit. The thing evolves and sects appear, magic and who knows what else awaits us: “(In this season) Sean pulls a little to his side and thinks ‘Okay, okay, we’re living with this angel or whatever,’ it’s something, whatever. [Leanne]. It’s weird to play, but also interesting”, Kebbell tries to summarize us. In addition to the long-suffering Sean Turner, you will recognize Kebbell from the films ‘Bloodshot’, ‘Destroyer: An Injured Woman’ or ‘Kong: Skull Island’, in addition to playing Koba in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ ‘.
M. Night Shyamalan breathe easy
We were also able to speak with the executive producer and showrunner of ‘Servant’, M. Night Shyamalan, director of masterpieces such as ‘The Forest’, ‘The Girl from the Water’ or ‘The Sixth Sense’. The filmmaker, in addition to being behind the cameras, has written practically all his scripts based on original ideas, but cinema and series are very different and, in addition to requiring greater teamwork, when embarking on a long-term television project, nothing ensures that you will be able to see your story come to an end. Luckily for the ‘Servant’ team, Apple TV + has renewed it for a final season, the fourth, Just as Shyamalan had planned and had in mind: “We have been very lucky, the public has loved it and it has grown exponentially every year, even between seasons. This is all thanks to them and it is the part that I like the most, that the story can only be told if they want it.”
Season after season, Shyamalan has brought in creators from around the world to direct multiple episodes of the series, which has also been home to his daughter Ishana Shyamalan’s directorial debut. How do you choose new talent? Well, watching a lot of movies, short films and television and he leaves us a couple of recommendations: “I saw a movie called ‘Swallow’ and I called Carlo Mirabella-Davis, who is directing the third episode. […] Or Kitty Green, who directs episode six because I saw her movie ‘The Assistant.'” Other names directing the new so many episodes are Dylan Holmes-Williams (‘The Devil’s Harmony’), Celine Held & Logan George (‘Topside’) and Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (‘The Sinister Cabin’).
‘Servant’ premieres its third season on January 21 on Apple TV +.