Netflix has cast a golden god. Billy Crudup will star opposite Naomi Watts in the Gypsy TV show for Netflix. The psychological thriller drama is a departure for Crudup. It marks the actor’s first TV series work since a 1987 one-off appearance in General College. His only other TV work was playing Timothy Geithner in the 2011 HBO TV movie, Too Big to Fail. Gypsy is slated for a 2017 premiere date.
In Gypsy, Crudup will play the husband of Jean Holloway (Watts). She is a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. The 10 hourlong-episode drama series hails from Universal Television, Working Title, and writer Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Rubin and Liza Chasin executive produce, with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Stearn, and Naomi Watts. Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the first two episodes.
Here is more on Billy Crudup, excerpted from Netflix press materials:
About Billy Crudup:
Equally memorable on the stage and screen, Billy Crudup has earned critical accolades for his performances. He will next be seen in 20th Century Women alongside Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig; Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott; Jackiealongside Natalie Portman, profiling the former First Lady in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination; and Life at these Speeds, based on the novel by Jeremy Jackson.
Crudup most recently appeared in Spotlight, for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; the film also won the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Previously he starred in Youth in Oregon, which debuted in April at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and IFC Films’ The Stanford Prison Experiment, which is based on the landmark experiment conducted at Stanford University in the summer of 1971.
Crudup made his motion picture debut in Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, opposite Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Jason Patric, followed by Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, and Pat O’Connor’s Inventing the Abbotts. Crudup played the leading role in critically acclaimed Without Limits, the story of legendary long distance runner Steven Prefontaine, for which he won the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year.
He then starred in the critically acclaimed Jesus’ Son opposite Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Denis Leary, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and he reunited with Jennifer Connelly in the acclaimed Waking the Dead. Crudup also starred in Cameron Crowe’s Academy Award®-winning Almost Famous along with Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson.
Crudup’s other film credits include: Noah Buschel’s Glass Chin; William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless; Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties opposite Clive Owen; the box office hit Eat Pray Love starring alongside Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco; Michael Mann’s Public Enemies alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale; Zack Synder’s Watchmen opposite Patrick Wilson; Charlotte Gray opposite Cate Blanchett; Tim Burton’s fantasy tale, Big Fish, also starring Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, and Albert Finney; Stage Beauty opposite Claire Danes; Trust the Man with Julianne Moore; J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible 3 opposite Tom Cruise; and Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
On stage, Crudup most recently starred in the repertory productions of No Man’s Landand Waiting for Godot on Broadway, opposite Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley. In 2007, Crudup won a “Best Performance by a Featured Actor” Tony for his role in the Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia. He also received Tony nominations for his roles in The Elephant Man, The Pillowman and Arcadia.
He made his Broadway debut as Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn, which won him several awards, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Debut of an Actor” and a Theater World Award. He was also honored with the Clarence Derwent Award from Actor’s Equity for “Outstanding Broadway Debut”.
His other stage credits include: William Inge’s Bus Stop and in the Roundabout Theater’s production of Three Sisters, which earned him a Drama Desk nomination. He has appeared in Oedipus with Frances McDormand, starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and starred in the off-Broadway run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi.
Crudup received his Masters of Fine Arts from New York University and also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in New York City.
Netflix ordered Gypsy to series in January, 2016. Watts was cast in April.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of the new Gypsy TV series? What do you think of the cast, so far? Do you plan to watch the first season when it drops to Netflix, in 2017?