Tom Hiddleston's new period drama The Essex Serpent finally gets release date - and it's so soon!

The series is based on Sarah Perry's best-selling 2016 novel

The release date for Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes' new series The Essex Serpent has finally been confirmed - and fans will be thrilled to hear that they don't have much longer to wait!

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The first two episodes of the new drama, based on Sarah Perry's bestselling 2016 novel of the same name, will premiere on Apple TV+ site Friday 13 May 2022. It's expected that the remaining episodes will then drop weekly.

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WATCH: Meet The Essex Serpent star Tom Hiddleston

Alongside the exciting announcement, Apple TV+ also released a new image from the series and it shows the Avengers star and Homeland actress in costume as Will Ransome and Cora Seaborne enjoying a windy walk on the beach. Check it out below...

The Essex Serpent will star Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes

Set in Victorian London, the series will tell the story of a widow from London named Cora who becomes engrossed by a local superstition of a mythical sea creature after relocating to a rural seaside village in Essex.

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As the synopsis reads: "She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar Will Ransome, but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature."

Joining the two A-list stars in the series are a number of familiar faces, including Harry Potter stars Clémence Poésy and Frank Dillane, as well as Call the Midwife's Hayley Squires. The series has been adapted for screens by BAFTA-nominee Anna Symon and helmed by Ali & Ava director Clio Barnard.

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Originally, Keira Knightley was meant to take on the role of Cora but she withdrew from the project in 2020 before filming, which took place on location in Essex, commenced.

A representative for the star confirmed that she had to pull out over childcare concerns for her two daughters, Edie and Delilah, as they told the Daily Mail: "There wasn't a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of childcare required for the four-and-a-half-month production."  

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