Rian Johnson Stars Natasha Lyonne’s in Poker Face Series
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Rian Johnson Will Show Us Natasha Lyonne’s Poker Face In Mysterious New Peacock Series

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BY March 19, 2021

Everyone’s favorite Star Wars director is coming to the small-screen! The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has signed a deal with Peacock to develop a mystery show. The Rian Johnson series is being called Poker Face, and will star Natasha Lyonne. Peacock has ordered the hour-long detective series for 10 episodes.

Johnson says, “I’m very excited to dig into the type of fun, character driven, case-of-the-week mystery goodness I grew up watching. It’s my happy place. Having Natasha as a partner in crime is a dream, and we’ve found the perfect home at Peacock.”

Rian Johnson Takes On Television With Poker Face

Rian Johnson Poker Face Natasha Lyonne Peacock Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson via Wikimedia Commons

A case-of-the-week format seems to indicate that this will be a throwback to the famous mystery shows like Murder, She Wrote. This series will also be Johnson’s first foray into television. Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy is still allegedly in the works. But it looks like it will be put on the back burner for a bit while he focuses on Poker Face.

Johnson has delved into the mystery genre before with great success in films like Brick; Knives Out, and arguably Looper. In fact looking at his filmography, his primary genre is really mystery. Star Wars is the outlier among his works. We don’t know yet if Poker Face will contain any genre elements, but it will be interesting to see if any supernatural mysteries work their way into the show.

Natasha Lyonne Russian Doll Rian Johnson Poker Face Peacock Image via Netflix

Johnson’s signature quick-witted comedy and dark humor is also perfect for actress Natasha Lyonne who has made a career out of roles like this. Lyonne joins the series fresh off her time-looping Netflix show Russian Doll, which just added Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy for its second season. Lyonne is currently filming Russian Doll in New York City, and it seems likely that season 2 will be the last if she is moving onto a new project.

Rian Johnson will serve as writer, director, and showrunner for the series. Natasha Lyonne will also executive produce Poker Face with Maya Rudolph – her partner at Animal Pictures

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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