The Wrap reports that Jackson will be taking on the role of Dan Gallagher, a married man who has a brief fling with Alex Forrest (Caplan) while his family is away. When Alex becomes increasingly persistent about seeing him again, he tries to cut her off – but Alex's obsession with him begins to spiral out of control and become increasingly dangerous.
Dan was played by Michael Douglas in the original 1987 movie, while Glenn Close starred as Alex and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the role.
The new series, which comes from Paramount Plus, has been described as "a deep-dive reimagining of the film that will explore the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders, and coercive control".
Jackson has taken on a number of high-profile roles during his career, including as the sarcastic Pacey Witter in Dawson's Creek. He has also starred in Fringe, The Affair, Little Fires Everywhere and Dr Death, while he also played Blaine Tuttle in 1999 drama Cruel Intentions.
Nicole Clemens, president, Paramount+ Original Scripted Series said of his casting: "Joshua is an incredible talent who creates beautifully complicated characters on both the screen and stage. He and Lizzy are perfectly matched to tell a nuanced and modern narrative about the complexities of the human psyche. We're thrilled to partner with them to bring this provocative and captivating story to a new generation."
The Fatal Attraction series is being written and executive produced by Alexandra Cunningham, who also serves as showrunner. Kevin J Hynes, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are also executive producing, with Hynes sharing co-story credit with Cunningham.
"Alexandra brings an incredibly strong and nuanced point of view to a story that became a cultural phenomenon but has thus far only been told from the male gaze," Clemens said.
"Partnered with Kevin, they will bring the next explosive chapter of this story to a new generation with a balanced eye to the complexities of the human psyche."
Fatal Attraction will air on Paramount Plus.
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