What we know about Netflix’s new Harlan Coben show Missing You

Netflix is delving into Coben’s crime-filled world one more time…

Harlan Coben attends the Viva Technology show in Paris
Netflix is bringing Harlan Coben novel Missing You to screens. (Getty)

Hot off the success of Michelle Keegan’s hit limited series Fool Me Once, Netflix will once again be diving into the world of author Harlan Coben by adapting his mystery thriller Missing You.

The series marks the first in the streamer’s two-pronged approach to adapting Coben’s literary world to their streaming screens, with his missing kid drama Run Away next on their to-do list.

However, before that one arrives, audiences will be able to lose themselves in a new head-scratcher with an all-star cast about a woman whose missing husband makes an unexpected return.

Read on to uncover everything we know about Netflix’s adaptation of Missing You

Missing You is currently without a release date but filming took place in early 2024, so perhaps we’ll see the show land on Netflix later this year or in early 2025.

Sadly, there’s no trailer for Missing You just yet. However, with more cast members confirmed to appear, our first look at the show can’t be too far away.

Produced by ITV’s Quay Street Productions, Missing You will span five episodes directed by Sean Spencer. It was written by Death in Paradise scribe Victoria Asare-Archer.

Richard Armitage and Michelle Keegan in Fool Me Once
Richard Armitage and Michelle Keegan starred in Netflix’s adaptation of Fool Me Once. (Netflix)

Swapping locations from the US to northern England, Netflix’s adaptation of Missing You tells an edge-of-your-seat mystery thriller that’s full of twists and turns.

The show follows Kat Donovan, a police detective whose fiancé Josh suddenly vanishes without a trace. However, when he randomly pops up a decade later, unpicking the mystery of his disappearance and sudden reappearance drags Donavan into a case with unlikely links to her own history.

According to the show’s official synopsis, “Josh’s reappearance will force [Kat] to dive back into the mystery surrounding her father’s murder and uncover long-buried secrets from her past.”

The series was shot in Bolton and Manchester city centre in early 2024.

Rosalind Eleazar at the Slow Horses season 2 FYC event
Slow Horses star Rosalind Eleazar takes the lead in Missing You. (Getty)

Rosalind Eleazar, perhaps best known to audiences from her role in Apple TV+ hit Slow Horses, takes the lead as Detective Donovan, the cop who's forced to grapple with the reappearance of her long-lost fiancé.

Speaking of which, Top Boy’s Ashley Walters will play Josh, her MIA partner. Together, they’ll be joined by a starry cast of solid British acting talent and while we know the names of who they’re playing, we don’t have too much detail about how these characters fit into Corben’s wider story.

The Hobbit’s James Nesbitt will play Calligan, with his Middle-Earth co-star Richard Armitage portraying Ellis Stagger. Keeping things Tolkien, Rings of Power season 1 star Lenny Henry will join them as Clint Donovan with Inside No 9’s Steve Pemberton playing a character named Titus.

Richard Armitage in Red Eye
Red Eye star Richard Armitage will also appear in Missing You. (ITV)

Love is Blind’s Matt Jay-Willis plays Darryl, with EastEnders’ Jessica Plummer as Stacey, Game of Thrones’ Paul Kaye as Monte, Samantha Spiro as a nurse named Sally and Lisa Faulkner as Dana.

Mary Malone and Alice Offley will also appear throughout the show’s five-episode arc.

Armitage, who’s appeared in every Corben adaptation so far, recently told Yahoo a few cryptic about his Missing You role. “I’m playing a DCI... it’s a slightly more inverted character than the former ones because we’re very, very unsure of his motives at the beginning.

“So the essence of him is nefarious but, actually, he’s holding on to a secret which has a noble cause. That’s not giving away too much.”

Harlan Coben’s Missing You is coming soon to Netflix.