The OA (not to be confused with The O.C.) is a new mysterious hourlong series coming to Netflix this week, and if it seems like it’s coming out of left field, that’s because it kind of is. Though the project was announced last year, the first trailer debuted today when the eight episodes are scheduled to bow on the platform this Friday. But the footage itself offers a mystery and a performance by Brit Marling that’ll surely intrigue fans of this indie darling.
The show centers around Prairie Johnson (Marling), a blind girl who went missing for years. Now in her 20s, she returns to her small-town home with her sight fully restored. While some members of the community call it a miracle, her presence is considered baffling and even dangerous to others. Adding to the puzzle is her refusal to tell her parents and the FBI anything about what happened to her for seven years.
Watch the trailer, which debuted on The OA’s social media platforms, below.
— The OA (@The_OA) December 12, 2016
The official Instagram account offers more cryptic clues: each photo is part of a larger image, while one in particular features the message, “This is a dream, but you’re wide awake.”
Zal Batmanglij, who directed Marling in The East and Sound of My Voice, helms all episodes. Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (Fury), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors), Brendan Meyer (The Guest), and newcomers Ian Alexander and Brandon Perea help round out the cast.
The OA seems very indicative of the future of streaming. On Netflix alone, we’ve seen more and more indie releases — like Sing Street, Other People, and Yoga Hosers — getting distribution. Meanwhile, the platform is keen on increasing its among of original offerings, and releasing films and TV series, like The OA, is slowly creating an art house niche in the streaming space.