It seems everywhere we turn at the moment there is a new Netflix series being announced or a new big star signing on for Netflix. This time it is Winona Ryder’s turn. She will be starring in a new series called Montauk. It is a supernatural series that will run for eight one-hour episodes and will premiere exclusively across Netflix and all its territories in 2016. According to the Netflix website, Winona Ryder’s new series will be based in Montauk, Long Island during the 80’s.
“In the series, set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. Montauk is a love letter to the 80’s classics that captivated a generation.”
Winona Ryder will join David Habour in Montauk. It will be written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines). Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are listed as executive producers alongside the Duffer brothers. According to a statement released by Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland, the Duffer brothers have a unique voice in their chosen genre.
“Matt and Ross are emerging filmmakers with an unmistakable passion for genre and suspense. Their unique voice infuses this coming of age drama with supernatural thrills that will captivate our global audience.”
Time magazine has said Winona Ryder will play the role of Joyce, the missing boy’s mother. TV Wise offer that Winona Ryder’s character will discover “a strength she never knew she had in the wake of her sons disappearance.” David Harbour (The Newsroom) will play the Chief of Police in Montauk, which means he will likely be spending plenty of time around Winona Ryder’s character. TV Wise describe his character as “weary” but he will be overseeing the investigation into the young boy’s disappearance.
While Winona Ryder, 41, has appeared briefly in some TV series (Strangers With Candy, Drunk History and Show Me a Hero,which is still in production), she is mostly known for her movies including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Girl Interrupted, Mermaids and Heathers. Of course, Winona Ryder is also known for a shoplifting spree she undertook in 2001. An incident she actually counts as a blessing.
“In a weird way, it was almost like the best thing that could have happened because I’d never asked myself the question before of, ‘Is it okay if I’m not going to act? Is there anything else?’ because that was all that I really knew.”
Montauk will premiere on Netflix in 2016
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