Glancing at the images and the logline for Netflix upcoming limited series What/If will make you think of a lot of other properties, from Basic Instinct to Netflix’s own Gypsy with Naomi Watts. It seems like the algorithm has struck again, compiling an amalgam of familiar properties into a new one. If you’ve recently watched The Perfect Date or The Silence, you’ll recognize the trend.
What/If stars Renée Zellweger (in her first TV role), and explores the idea of “what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.” It looks very much like an ABC drama a la Scandal, but given that it’s on Netflix means that it will presumably get a lot more TV-MA …
What/If is executive produced by showrunner Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy (Page Fright); Alex Gartner, Charles Roven (Atlas Entertainment), Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke (Compari Entertainment), and produced by Warner Bros. Television for Netflix.
The series also stars Jane Levy (Castle Rock, Suburgatory), Blake Jenner (American Animals, Glee), Samantha Ware (Glee), Keith Powers (Famous in Love), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Juan Castano (Shades of Blue), John Clarence Stewart (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Louis Herthum (Westworld), & Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters).
Check out the announcement trailer below; What/If will premiere on Netflix May 24th:
Here is the official synopsis for What/If:
Neo-noir social thriller WHAT/IF explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season of the Netflix original series focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.