Black Mirror fans will love Renée Zellweger’s new Netflix drama

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Black Mirror fans will love Renée Zellweger’s new Netflix drama

Our Bridge is set to star in one of the most anticipated series of 2018.

Renée Zellweger is responsible for bringing to life one of the most iconic female characters of the Nineties: Bridget Jones. Since then, she’s picked up a bevy of awards – including an Oscar for her role in 2004’s Cold Mountain.

And now, much like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and her other Academy Award-winning peers, Zellweger is turning her talents to the world of television.

More specifically, Netflix’s straight-to-series anthology What/If.

According to Netflix, the new thriller – which sounds similar in tone to Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – aims to explore “the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.

“Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life,” the synopsis adds.

As for Zellweger’s role in the show? Well, so far she has only been credited as ‘Anne’ – but we do know that the first season will follow “cash-strapped newlyweds” as they “weigh a lucrative but ethically dicey offer from a powerful woman in this series.”

And sources at Deadline have claimed that Anne (Zellweger) is that “powerful woman”, stating: “Zellweger’s Anne is a shrewd and mercurial San Francisco venture capitalist. She is magnetically charismatic, seductive, charming, even vulnerable when it serves her purpose.

“But she’s also a virtuoso of deception with a cauldron of destructive secrets, including a deeply buried metaphorical deal with the devil that set the course for her life back when she was still just a girl herself.”


Our Bridge is set to star in one of the most anticipated series of 2018

Of course, What/If doesn’t just boast a brilliant cast: Mike Kelley, who created ABC’s Revenge and CBS’ Swingtown, came up with the idea for the project and will serve as showrunner and write the series. We also know that director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) will serve as an executive producer, alongside The Dark Knight and Wonder Woman producer Charles Roven.

Jackie Levine of Compari Entertainment serves as co-executive producer. And AACTA award-winning Phillip Noyce, of Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Bone Collector fame, is directing and executive producing the first two episodes.

All in all, it sounds like this has the potential to be a brilliant series. And, seeing as Netflix have suggested each season won’t follow from the next, we can assume the platform is already planning more instalments beyond season one’s 10-episode run.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.