Laura Linney to join Jason Bateman in Ozark drama for Netflix
Netflix has ordered Ozark, a 10-episode first season, one-hour drama, from Media Rights Capital. The series will star Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Bateman also serves as an executive producer and director on the series.
Grounded in dark reality, this money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Bird (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. The series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2017.
“Laura is such a brilliant talent, and we have been such admirers of her work, that we are elated to have her working in this compelling world that Jason Bateman, Bill Dubuque and Chris Mundy are bringing to life,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
Bill Dubuque (The Judge) created the series and will executive produce alongside showrunner Chris Mundy (Hell on Wheels, Criminal Minds) and Jason Bateman (Bad Words, The Family Fang). The series is produced by Bateman’s Aggregate in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.
Laura Linney can currently be seen starring in Michael Grandage’s film Genius and recently wrapped Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, and Oren Moverman’s The Dinner. Ozark will mark Laura’s first foray in television since she starred in and produced the Showtime series The Big C for which she won an Emmy & Golden Globe Award. Laura will follow Ozark by starring in The Little Foxes, which will be directed by Daniel Sullivan at Manhattan Theatre Club. Laura has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, won 2 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, 1 SAG award, and 1 National Board of Review Award. She has also been nominated for 3 Tony Awards and 1 BAFTA Award.