Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (“21 Grams,” “The Impossible”) has signed to star in Netflix’s one-hour psychological thriller series “Gypsy” from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin.
First announced in January, the series is scheduled to premiere on the streaming service in 2017.
Watts will star as Jean Holloway, a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.
Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is directing the first two episodes of the series’ 10-episode first season.
Writer Rubin will serve as executive producer, along with Liza Chasin (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Danish Girl”), Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Andrew Stearn and Watts.
It’s a big assignment Rubin, whose only other IMDB credit is for the 2011 short “Yara with the Long Blond Braid,” which she directed from a script Mira el Koussa. She’s also been hired to script the adaptations of the novels “I Was Here” by Gayle Forman for New Line and Jessica Tom’s “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit” for DreamWorks.
Watts can currently be seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Fox Searchlight’s “Demolition,” released in theaters earlier this month. She has also completed roles in The Weinstein Company’s “About Ray” with Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning, Gus Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” with Matthew McConaughey, Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry” and the psychological thriller “Shut In.” Her other recent films include Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s 2015 Oscar-winner for Best Picture “Birdman” with Michael Keaton, Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” (pictured) with Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried, and two of the installments of the “Divergent” franchise. Next, she will star in Destin Daniel Cretton’s “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson.