Sure, everyone loves their true crime and the genre is enjoying a true renaissance at the moment, progressing from cheap, exclusive crime-related TV channels to high-budget Netflix and HBO specials, but you can’t beat a bit of fiction.
And fiction’s exactly what we’re getting, in the form of Netflix’s new ten-part series What/If.
Renée Zellweger stars in her first recurring TV role in the series described as “neo-noir thriller” that delves into what happens when “acceptable people start doing acceptable things.”
The description reads:
“In this neo-noir thriller series, a pair of cash-strapped newlyweds accept a lucrative but morally dubious offer from a mysterious female benefactor.“
That sounds quite a lot like Robert Redford’s indecent proposal but I doubt the kicker will be simply “I wanna shag your wife”.
Zellweger is said “mysterious female benefactor“, playing a character called Anne. The Hollywood describes her as “a shrewd, mercurial venture capitalist whose success and carefully managed public persona are the result of a searing devotion to her unapologetic post-feminist doctrine, as exemplified by the title of her best-selling book, ‘At Any Cost’.”
“What if I made you an offer too extraordinary to refuse?” she asks, with the typical imagery like high heels, backless dresses and moving chess pieces plays before us.
It all looks very Netflix, and I suppose that makes sense.
The Hollywood Reporter says each season will delve into different moral quandaries, inspired by “culturally consequential source material and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.”
So like Black Mirror without the tech?
You can watch What/If on Netflix come the 24th of May this year.
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