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Surprise! Netflix Just Dropped A Trailer For A Secretive New Show That Streams Friday
Are you ready to get weird? In a total break from the typical TV hype machine, Netflix just released an initial trailer introducing audiences to what appears to be a creepy new series called The OA—all eight episodes of which will be available this Friday, December 16.
The series stars Brit Marling as a twenty-something woman who returns to her family after having gone missing nearly a decade before. The first twist? When Prairie Johnson disappeared seven years ago, she was blind; now, she can see.
The eight-episode series was created by Sundance darlings Marling and Zal Batmangli, the same team who brought you the 2012 ecoterrorist thriller The East. Per the trailer, we can expect a strong mix of psychological intrigue meets mysterious fog.
The show was first announced back in February 2015 when Marling and Batmangli inked a deal for the straight-to-series drama. But details were kept quiet ("Netflix is keeping the series’ logline under wraps," Deadline reported at the time), and little was heard about The OA after the early stories in the trade rags—until today. Sneaky, sneaky.
Here is Netflix's official synopsis of the forthcoming "the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey," courtesy of Slash Film:
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.
The series also stars Emory Cohen (“Brooklyn”), Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”), Phyllis Smith (“The Office”), Jason Isaacs (the “Harry Potter” films), Alice Krige (“Star Trek: First Contact”), Patrick Gibson (“The Tudors”), Brendan Meyer (“Mr. Young”), and more, according to Variety. Plan B Entertainment (Moonlight, Hulu's Deadbeat) and Anonymous Content (True Detective) are also listed as executive producers. Slash Film reports that Batmangli directed all eight episodes.
Spoiler theories in the comments, please.