The nameless new Netflix original from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler has added another well-respected, veteran actor to the mix. The Hollywood Reporter says that Sam Shepard, whose resume is too vast to condense here, has signed on to play the patriarch in the dark family drama.
The still-untitled drama with hit Netflix as a 13-episode season, and focuses on "a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.” Netflix describes it as a “psychological thriller” that “explores the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a contemporary American family.”
The show is shaping up nicely (twisted family life and all), and its cast is definitely intriguing. We know that Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler will star in the new series. His siblings in the dysfunctional family will be The Place Beyond the Pines & The Dark Knight Rises‘ Ben Mendelsohn and ER & Mad Men‘s Linda Cardellini.
Last month, veteran actress Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter) signed on to play the matriarch of the family.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be creating an original series for Netflix — a company committed to cutting-edge storytelling in a vibrant, new space. We’re equally excited about our relationship with Sony Pictures TV, which continues to provide us with unwavering creative support. We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television. The series is a tightly wound thriller that explores the complex bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and the rivalries, jealousies, and betrayals at the core of every family,” said Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler when Netflix announced the new series.
Although a title would be nice, the cast alone is reason to get excited about this new show. And considering how compelling the first few seasons of Damages were, we can definitely trust those at the helm to deliver a "tightly wound thriller."
Filming could begin as early as this month.
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