Netflix Gains Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup

Netflix adds another original thriller to its roster.

Netflix is truly changing the entertainment industry. As if the streaming platform doesn't have enough fan-favorite and critically-acclaimed originals to choose from (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Bloodline, Narcos …seriously, we'll be here all day), it's adding another option for viewers.

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It's been recently reported by TheWrap that Billy Crudup and Naomi Watts will star in Gypsy, a psychological-thriller series. Sam Taylor-Johnson from 50 Shades of Grey fame will direct the first two episodes, with a total of ten episodes being ordered to make up the first season.

Watts will portray Jean Holloway, a therapist who develops dangerous relationships with the people in her patients' lives. Crude will play Michael, her husband. Each episode will be an hour long, with Watts also acting as one of the show's executive producers. Gypsy is set to premiere in 2017.

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Of course, Naomi Watts has been seen in this genre before. She's appeared in a variety of thriller-suspense films, such as Mulholland Drive, The Ring (and its sequel), Dream House, and later in November's Shut In. Critically-acclaimed, she's received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her work in 21 Grams and The Impossible.

Billy Crudup was most recently seen in Spotlight, which won the Oscar for Best Picture back in March of this year. Next, he's attached to star in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Known for his appearances on broadway, he's been nominated for the Tony Award four times, winning once for his performance in The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 - Voyage.

We've mentioned it before: more and more A-list movie stars are choosing TV projects. This could be for multiple reasons, but most likely stems from the fact that the quality of television writing is at an all-time high. Stars like Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kathy Bates, and Kevin Spacey have already added primetime roles to their resumes.

Who will be next?

Cutter Slagle
Cutter Slagle

Cutter Slagle is the published author of horror, mystery, and suspense fiction. His debut novel was released in hardback last fall. He is currently a contributing columnist for Rage Monthly magazine. Cutter earned a degree in English and minor in creative writing from The Ohio State University. He lives in Southern California where he continues to write.

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