Wilderness — cast, plot, first look, and all about Jenna Coleman's revenge thriller set in the US National Parks

First look! Wilderness on Prime Video stars Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as couple Liv and Will.
First look! Wilderness on Prime Video stars Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as couple Liv and Will. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Wilderness on Prime Video stars The Serpent’s Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Bly Manor). The thriller series sees a British couple’s dream holiday descend into the stuff of nightmares. The pair play Liv and Will, who seem to have it all and are enjoying a glamorous new life in New York. But then Liv learns about Will’s affair and when he suggests a road trip around America’s stunning National Parks, it seems the perfect opportunity for her to exact her revenge.

So here's everything you need to know about Wilderness on Prime Video...

Wilderness release date

Prime Video hasn't yet given a release date for Wilderness, but as filming has only just begun the drama will arrive in 2023, in over 240 countries and territories. We will of course update with the show's 2023 worldwide launch date once it's announced by Amazon Prime.

Wilderness plot

Based on the novel Wilderness by B. E. Jones, this thriller focuses on Liv and Will (Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a British couple who have left behind their life in a provincial town in the UK to enjoy a glamorous existence in New York. Their marriage seems rock solid but then Liv discovers that Will has had an affair with a younger colleague. She’s heartbroken but her sadness soon turns to fury and she' determined to get revenge... 

When Will suggests an epic trip around The Grand Canyon and America’s other national parks, she secretly vows to set him certain tests before she will accept that he is truly sorry and forgive him. Will has two weeks, 1,500 miles and three opportunities to save his own life. Because if their marriage can’t survive, then neither can he! 

Wilderness is a twisted love story, where a dream holiday and a supposedly “happily-ever-after” quickly turns into a living nightmare.

Wilderness cast — Jenna Coleman as Liv

In Wilderness, Jenna Coleman plays scorned wife Liv. She first found fame playing Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale for four years before moving on to Waterloo Road. She then played Clara in Doctor Who and Queen Victoria in ITV series Victoria before starring in the huge hit The Serpent, about the real-life killer Charles Sobhraj (see picture below). She's also had roles in The Cry, Inside No.9, Titanic and Dancing on the Edge

Jenna Coleman with Tahar Rahim in The Serpent.

Jenna Coleman with Tahar Rahim in The Serpent. (Image credit: BBC)

Wilderness cast — Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Will

Wilderness star Oliver Jackson-Cohen plays cheating husband Will, who has no idea his life is in danger. Oliver starred alongside Elizabeth Moss in the 2020 movie The Invisible Man. He’s also been in Lark Rise to Candleford, Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After (playing Prince William), Mr Selfridge, Dracula, The Great Fire, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor (see picture below). Oliver is the son of famous British fashion designer Betty Jackson.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen in Netflix horror The Haunting Of Bly Manor.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen in Netflix horror The Haunting Of Bly Manor. (Image credit: Netflix)

Who else is starring in Wilderness?

Wilderness will also star Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) who plays Cara, alongside Eric Balfour (Six Feet Under) as Garth, Claire Rushbrook (Sherwoodas Caryl, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black) as Detective Rawlins and Morgana Van Peebles (Superstition) as Ash.
Jonathan Keltz also joins the cast as Detective Wiseman while Talia Balsam is Bonnie, Crystal Blint (The Fall of the House of Usher) plays Liana, Natalie Sharp (The Flash) is Marissa, Geoff Gustafson (A Christmas Proposal) is Zach and Jake Foy (Designated Survivor) plays Anton. 

Wilderness star Claire Rushbrook as Claire Rowley in Sherwood.

Wilderness star Claire Rushbrook as Claire Rowley in Sherwood. (Image credit: BBC/House Productions/Matt Squire)

Is there a trailer for Wilderness?

There's no trailer for Wilderness yet as filming has only just started in the US and Canada. When one drops, we’ll post it on here. 

Wilderness locations and more on the thriller

Filming for Amazon Prime Video's Wilderness began in June 2022 in the UK, United States and Canada. We will update with more information on locations and further pictures when they arrive.

Wilderness is produced by Firebird Pictures, written and created by Marnie Dickens, directed and executive produced by So Yong Kim and executive produced by Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Marnie Dickens.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.