For Chambers, Sivan Alyra Rose stars as Sasha Yazzie, an Arizona woman who survives a heart attack. She receives a heart transplant, and tries to figure out the mystery surrounding her donor’s death. As for the horror premise, Rose’s character seemingly becomes spiritually connected with her deceased donor, and shows personal characteristics that don’t quite make sense. The aforementioned Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) and Goldwyn (Scandal, Insurgent) star as the donor’s parents, Nancy and Ben Lefevre.
Netflix released Chambers’ trailer. To begin, a wide landscape shot precedes a flashback montage that establishes the narrative context. Rose’s Sasha describes her heart attack experience and subsequent transplant, along with the sentiment that “it’s just so weird that someone had die in order for me to live.” This sets the tone for the introduction of Thurman and Goldwyn’s Chambers characters, with a creepy score playing over the visuals. From there, there’s a strange dynamic between the Yazzie and Lefevre families - in the trailer’s second half, the action picks up as Sasha begins experiencing visions, and the Lefevres exhibit bizarre, cult-like behavior. In addition, small amounts of blood are contrasted by surrealistic images, with the Chambers clip ending on an ominous note as the Yazzie patriarch tells his daughter, “This whole heart attack thing was the best thing that ever happened to you.” Check out the Chambers trailer below, along with production stills released by Netflix.
For Netflix, Chambers follows the release of supernatural horror series like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2 and The Order season 1. Series creator Leah Rachel has described Chambers as “a psychological horror story that explores the different ways we metabolize trauma.” While Thurman and Goldwyn bring star power to the Chambers’ cast, the series appears to revolve around Rose, an Apache/Puerto Rican actress, runway model, and exhibited artist making her TV debut. Previously, Rose starred in the 2018 short film Running Shadow.
In addition to Thurman, Goldwyn, and Rose, Netflix lists the following actors as part of the Chambers cast: Lilliya Reid (Vienna, The Fantomes), Nicholas Galitzine (Share, Handsome Devil, The Watcher In The Woods, The Beat Beneath My Feet, and The Changeover), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Black Lightning, White Boy Rick & Ma), Lilli Kay (Paterno, Napoli, Brooklyn), Sarah Mezzanotte (The Wolves, Six Degrees of Separation, Blame, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains), and Griffin Powell-Arcand.
Based on the Chambers trailer, the series appears to have multi-season potential. On one level, Thurman and Goldwyn are established Hollywood stars who will attract existing fanbases. On another level, Netflix has a relatively unknown lead in Rose, which adds a unique element to the viewing experience. And considering Rose’s ethnicity, her casting shows that Netflix is genuinely interested in diversity and telling purely unique stories.
Chambers premieres April 26 on Netflix.