Much like fellow Aussie movie star Nicole Kidman (who this year appears in meaty roles in Big Little Lies and the upcoming second season of Top of the Lake), Naomi Watts is involved in not one but two 2017 prestige TV series – the upcoming Twin Peaks revival and Gypsy, the Netflix series whose first trailer has just been shared.
In Gypsy, a psychological thriller whose first season spans 10 episodes, Naomi Watts plays a therapist who pretty simply looks to do everything a therapist is never supposed to do. In the first trailer, Watts delivers a professional oath into the camera:
I will always provide a safe and trusting haven for my patients. I will remain objective in my relationships. I will not violate the physical boundaries of the patient. I will always do no harm.
In vague narrative shards, the trailer simultaneously shows her violating every one of those promises. The series, written by relative newcomer Lisa Rubin, also stars Billy Crudup, Love actor Karl Glusman Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton, and Karl Glusman. It’ll be available to stream on June 30.
Meanwhile, there’s still no specific news about the role Watts will be playing in the Twin Peaks revival. As with Laura Dern, another Lynchian veteran who’s also starring in the series — but whose role hasn’t been revealed — Watts has not yet appeared in any of the teaser trailers.
Watts proved immensely talented — adept in equal parts at rawly exhibiting pain and lacerating humor — in her breakout role in Mulholland Drive, then through I Heart Huckabees, 21 Grams, The Ring, Funny Games, The Impossible, and in her best recent work, While We’re Young. But in the last few years she’s also been in a spate of cinematic messes — from Shut In to Diana to the recently released 3 Generations. Perhaps TV will provide a more robust showcase for her talent. After all, Betty/Diane, the role(s) that kicked off her career in Mulholland Drive — and remains perhaps her most impressive performance to date — was originally meant for the small screen, too.