Naomi Watts has done blockbusters (King Kong), she’s done art films (21 Grams) and she’s done Oscar bait (The Impossible). The versatile and talented actress has even worked with David Lynch (Mulholland Drive and this year’s Twin Peaks revival). This summer 2-time Oscar nominee Watts will add to her large and impressive acting resume by doing a Netflix series that casts her as a doctor with a shaky concept of ethics.
Gypsy stars Watts as Jean Holloway, a therapist who crosses the line by becoming intimately involved with people in her patients’ lives. Judging by the show’s new trailer, we can just guess what “intimately involved” really means.
The 30-second clip from Netflix shows Watts sitting in a chair looking professional as she recites an oath promising to provide a safe and trusting haven for her patients, to remain objective in her relationships, to not violate the physical boundaries of her patients and to always do no harm. The rest of the clip is Watts pretty much breaking every promise in that oath.
If the somewhat dreamily sexy tone of the trailer seems a little Fifty Shades of Grey-ish, perhaps that’s because Gypsy was executive produced and partially directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of the first Fifty Shades film. A series about a naughty therapist having unethical relations with people she meets because of her patients does sound like something that might appeal to fans of Fifty Shades (or people who remember Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries).
With Gypsy, Universal Television and Netflix expand a relationship that has already brought us the comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None. Needless to say, Gypsy is going in a very different direction from those shows. It’s going to be a big summer for Netflix overall with Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None and House of Cards returning in May and Orange Is the New Black coming back in June. August will see the arrival of the Marvel team-up show The Defenders.
Gypsy also stars Billy Crudup (Alien: Covenant), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street) and Brenda Vaccaro (Midnight Cowboy). Naomi Watts has a big summer coming up between this show and her involvement in Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival in a role that, like almost everything concerning that series, is a complete mystery at the moment.
Gypsy premieres on Friday, June 30 on Netflix.