Natasha Lyonne to Star in Rian Johnson’s New TV Series Poker Face

The mystery drama will air on Peacock

Natasha Lyonne (Netflix) and Rian Johnson Poker Face show Peacock murder TV series
Natasha Lyonne (Netflix) and Rian Johnson

    Two years after making a smash hit whodunnit with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Rian Johnson is ready to solve a different case. Earlier today, Peacock announced that the filmmaker will serve as the creator, writer, and director of a new mystery TV series called Poker Face on the streaming service. It turns out Natasha Lyonne is already onboard as a star and executive producer for the show, too.

    Right now, Poker Face will consist of 10 episodes. There’s no word yet on whether or not it will be a limited series or who else will star alongside the Russian Doll actress. What we do know is that this is Johnson’s first time writing a TV show, but not his first foray as a director on one. In the early 2010s, he was responsible for directing three episodes of Breaking Bad — including the infamous “Fly” clip — and one episode of Terriers.

    “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,” Johnson said in a statement. “Having Natasha as a partner in crime is a dream, and we’ve found the perfect home at Peacock.”


    It’s no wonder Johnson is in the mood for some sleuthing considering he’s hard at work on a sequel to his beloved 2019 murder mystery Knives Out. The follow-up to his Golden Globe-nominated film will center around detective Benoit Blac, played by Daniel Craig. Who knows, maybe a little bit of this mystery theme will slip into Johnson’s initial drafts on the new Star Wars trilogy, too?

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