HBO has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife. Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s book of the same name, the series will follow the love story of Clare and Henry, who are haunted by Henry’s uncontrollable time travel talent. The book was previously adapted into a movie, but the HBO iteration will be the first project for television.
The newly released trailer features Rose Leslie and Theo James in love. Desmin Borges and Natasha Lopez play Gomez and Charisse, who are close friends of Clare and comfort her, but doubt Henry in the early stages of the relationship. Clare is waiting in the woods where Henry appears often, and the footage seems to stay true to the book, with a separate example where Henry travels to a point in Clare’s childhood. Caitlin Shorey and Everleigh McDonell appear as younger versions of Clare.
The series was adapted by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. No stranger to time travel narratives, Moffat has praised the novel in previous interviews, and the concept is Doctor Who’s ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ section dedicated. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in December, Moffat discussed the book and the series, saying: “The story uses the prism of time travel to cleverly rearrange the details of a mundane but very successful love story. We often make tragic love stories and we often get divorced and we all make up the story of how people first got together. These are the things fiction prefers. “What we never write about is a perfect and happy marriage, one of the most pervasive phenomena in human history.”
After HBO bought the rights in 2018, Moffat was hired as the series writer and executive producer. According to HBO, the first season will have six episodes. All episodes of The Time Traveler’s Wife are directed by David Nutter, who produced the series with Moffat, Sue Vertue, and Brian Minchin. An inspired release date has not been announced for the series, but it will air in May.