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Netlifx has announced today that it has greenlit a second season of the original series The Oa.
The series stars Brit Marling as a woman previously thought dead turning up in her hometown years later. Formerly blind, she can now see, but has scars on her back and refers to herself only as The Oa and confides in the town’s locals of her life story. You can watch a short teaser for the upcoming season below.
The series hails from Zal Batmanglij, who directed all eight episodes of the first season. The Oa also stars Jason Issacs, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige, Patrick Gibson, Brandon Meyer, Ian Alexander and Phyllis Smith.
See Also: 2 Reasons You Should Watch Netflix’s The Oa and 1 Reason You Should Not
- Ricky Church
From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.
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- Annakeara Stinson and Chris O'Falt
“This shit’s so confusing,” raps North Jersey native Patti (Danielle Macdonald) early in “Patti Cake$,” adding, “Want my life like a movie.” Mission accomplished: The rousing debut of writer-director Geremy Jasper channels his music video experience into a winning musical ride that hits some familiar beats while using them in service of a satisfying tale of big dreams and funky talent.
Aussie star Macdonald has a few movie credits to her name (including “The East” and Amy Berg’s “Every Secret Thing”), but she emerges as a genuine breakout in the transformative role of a hard-edged Jersey kid with an uncanny talent for turning her ambitions into energetic freestyle rap. When she isn’t honing her skills, she’s grappling with her alcoholic mother (the great New York underground theater performer Bridget Everett), herself an expert songstress whose dreams faded long ago, and grimacing her way through a dead-end catering gig. »
- Eric Kohn
Even if you haven’t seen it yet, you might’ve already heard about Netflix‘s “The Oa.” The surprise show dropped nearly unannounced on the streaming service last month, and has been earning steady buzz ever since as audiences try to unravel its knotty mysteries. The rare show that’s both mindbending and moving at the same time, “The Oa” is the latest creation from frequent collaborators writer/director Zal Batmanglij and writer/star Brit Marling, who have previously delivered “Sound Of My Voice” and “The East.” However, “The Oa” feels like the duo at their most unfiltered and pure, with the series offering a perfect marriage of their sensibilities, which draw from both arthouse and mainstream influences.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast
The brainchild of frequent collaborators Steven Knight and Tom Hardy, Taboo might just be the fraternal twin of the pair’s Peaky Blinders, which was just renewed for a fourth and fifth season. With parental guidance from Chips Hardy, Tom’s father, who’s also credited as a series creator, and the big name draw of executive producer Ridley Scott, one mustn’t strain themselves when searching for motivation to tune in for the premiere this coming Tuesday.
The show is set in 1814 London, in the thick of the War of 1812 between Great Britain/Canada and the “15 United States of America.” The East India Trading Company, whose tyrannical depiction in the series ignited a bit of controversy prior to the show’s release, are attempting to monopolize trading routes on both coasts of America. Standing in their way is Nootka Sound, an »
- Joseph Falcone
Created and written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (The East), the latest Netflix original delves into the inexplicable reappearance of Prairie Johnson (Marling). Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Johnson returns home, now in her 20s and with her sight restored.
**Slight spoilers below***
For those who took the time to watch Netflix's The Oa, mixed reactions are running throughout the internet. There's no debating that the show has an interesting premise. We're roped into the show by watching Prairie leap from a bridge. Then, learning of her disappearance (and re-emergence) fills audiences with questions. Now, here's where satisfaction isn't guaranteed.
Throughout the first season's eight episodes we are slowly taken through Prairie's seven year journey. Some episodes are paced well, while others feel they lack character development and structure. Some episodes are deliberately shortened, which is a bold move that drew an immediate positive reaction. »
- Tyler Richardson
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