Rian Johnson Reveals New Peacock Mystery Series Details
Production on Rian Johnson’s upcoming Peacock TV series has officially begun Poker face, a show the Oscar nominee calls “a case-of-the-week mystery series.” Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne stars in the series and in the Variety cover story describing the actress, new details about the series have come out. Speaking to the trade, Lyonne called Johnson “‘a humble genius in his own right’ and teased that the show “feels both incredibly modern and a perfect throwback to all our favorite things. Johnson also opened up about taking on Lyonne’s role and place in it, speaking specifically about her character’s style.
“‘Poker Face’ is a mystery series of the week, grounded entirely by Natasha as a ‘detective,'” Johnson said. “The show was created around her, and the whole thing is tailored to Natasha like a bespoke suit. It could only exist with her charisma and her presence at the center… She has a very Fellini sensibility, where the funny and absurd is a path to darkness and personal, it’s inspiring to me to see how unafraid she is to push further and further in that direction.
Production for the series, which received an order for 10 episodes early last year, is currently based in Newburgh, New York. Joining Lyonne on the series will be Everything, Everywhere star Stephanie Hsu, The Umbrella Academy’s David Castañeda, Law & Order’s Benjamin Bratt, Oscar winner Adrien Brody, and frequent collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt. of Johnson.
“Rian Johnson’s distinct sensitivity and talent for telling mysteries from the edge of your seat is a tremendous gift to Peacock, and we can’t wait for audiences to consider each case,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming in a statement when the series was announced. “Combined with the acting genius of Natasha Lyonne, this series will be entertaining and addictive.”
Johnson has already dabbled in the mystery genre with his hit movie Knives out, which earned him not only an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, but also a two-picture sequel deal from Netflix. While promoting the film in 2019, Johnson opened up in several interviews about his interest in the murder mystery genre, so it’s no surprise that it’s something he explores in even more stories over the years. beyond its franchise on the big screen.
“In the 1930s, when it was really taking hold, you think about the state of the world at the time, and how much moral uncertainty there was in the world, and that’s something very separate from the genre thriller is the moral certainty of it,” Johnson said. vanity lounge. “There’s this heartwarming thing where the world is thrown into chaos because of this crime, and the detective walks in and you know the right detective is going to set the world right by the end. Find out, restore the moral order, and the wrong person will go to jail. You can see why it would have been really, really good in the 30s. And I think it’s also, it’s feeling really, really good right now.