Netflix just gave me the best present this holiday season, a new series from the filmmakers behind Sound of My Voice and The East.
I’m a massive fan of both films, directed by Zal Batmanglij which he co-wrote with leading actress Brit Marling (Another Earth). The duo are absolute dynamite when working together and deliver mind-bending genre thrillers that are timeless.
Now, this Friday, Netflix is giving us an entire-fucking-series from the duo that looks as emotionally intense as any of their previous works.
“The OA” 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.
Seriously, cancel all my other presents, no gift is going to top this!
Other cast members include 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.
Marling stars in the series and Batmanglij directs all episodes. 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.