She’s one of our best working actresses, but the career of Naomi Watts has had ups and downs recently. In the plus category, there’s an Oscar-nominated turn in “The Impossible,” plus acclaimed turns in critical and commercial hits like “Birdman,” “St. Vincent” and “While We’re Young.” In the minus, though, there’s a thankless role in franchise fare “The Divergent Series,” and some disastrous smaller pictures like “Demolition,” “The Sea Of Trees” and horror movie “Shut In.”
But 2017 looks like it’ll be a good one for Watts fans: she’s in theaters twice this week in “3 Generations” and “Chuck,” has Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book Of Henry,” and has a meaty role alongside Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson in potential awards contender “The Glass Castle.” But the project that might have the biggest impact is, in a sign of the times, on the small screen, as Watts has followed friend and fellow Australian Nicole Kidman into the world of prestige TV, and a first look at the series has arrived.
Watts is headlining a new Netflix drama called “Gypsy,” and the streaming service have released the first images from the show. Penned by newcomer Lisa Rubin, and with the first two episodes helmed by “Fifty Shades Of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Wood, it sees Watts play a therapist with a seemingly perfect life who begins to develop intimate relationships with people in the lives of her patients.
She’s not the only notable name involved: Billy Crudup is also in the show, similarly making his Peak TV debut, while “Kingsman” actress Sophie Cookson, “Sing Street” breakout Lucy Boynton, and “Nocturnal Animals” star Karl Glusman play some of her patients. Not all that much is given away, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this became the next “Big Little Lies”-style obsession. Netflix haven’t given a date for the show’s debut yet, but they’ve not yet announced most of their dates for July and August, so it could be along relatively soon at this point.