Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Netflix has announced a new television series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij called The OA. I was a huge fan of their films Sound of My Voice and The East. In fact, Sound of my Voice was supposed to be the start of a digital series but instead became a film. I’m excited to see what they can do with a longer storytelling format.
Along with the announcement of this new series, which airs on Netflix this Friday, they have released a trailer. Watch The OA trailer now after the jump and find out more about this new show.
The OA Trailer
Brit and Zal’s films have all featured a big high concept science fiction premise which has it’s smart and exciting ideas examined through the lens of a smaller character-based dramatic thriller. Their stories often have a compelling mystery at its core, making us consider what might otherwise not be possible. This television series seems no different, about a blind girl who goes missing and returns home to her community with her sight completely restored. She remembers what happened while she was gone, and those events are key to this stories’ mystery. I’m excited to unwrap this one this Friday.
Here is the official synopsis for The OA:
The Netflix original series The OA, which launches this Friday, is from visionaries Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), who created and wrote the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey together. The show begins with a missing blind girl in her twenties, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), who comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven years missing with the FBI or her parents.
Marling stars in the series and Batmanglij directs all episodes. The series also stars Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, Junebug), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Fury, Dig), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Silent Hill), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors), Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, The Guest) and newcomers Ian Alexander and Brandon Perea.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Plan B (Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True Detective, The Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.
The OA will be released on Netflix on December 16th, 2016.