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Naomi Watts To Headline Netflix And Sam Taylor-Johnson’s New Thriller Gypsy

Netflix's 10-episode Gypsy series has secured Naomi Watts in the lead role of Jean Holloway.

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Universal Television, Working Title and Netflix are assembling a roster of talent for next year’s ten-part psychological thriller, Gypsy, with news emerging today that Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role.

After picking up a straight-to-series order ahead of a premiere in 2017, Watts will assume the role of Jean Holloway, a tenacious therapist “who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.”

Beyond that, there’s little-to-no plot information for the moment, though welcoming an actress of Watts’ calibre is no doubt a major coup for Universal and Netflix’s series. Sam Taylor-Johnson of Fifty Shades of Grey fame will helm the first two episodes, while Sean Jablonski of Working Title is on board as showrunner. Lisa Rubin, meanwhile, penned the script.

Part and parcel of the deal will ensure that Naomi Watts also serves as executive producer on Gypsy, alongside Rubin, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Andrew Stearn. Ahead of slipping into the role of a troubled therapist who embarks on “dangerous and imitate” relationships, look for Watts to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in character-driven drama Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, not to mention Sea of Trees, the poignant Gus Van Sant’s drama that also features Matthew McConaughey.

Stay tuned for more information on Gypsy as Universal Television and Netflix’s casting process begins to heat up.

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