Winona Ryder Is Back, In Small Screen Thriller Form!
Winona Ryder has been cast as the lead in an upcoming Netflix series, written and directed by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who have written a couple of episodes of current creepy TV show Wayward Pines.
This new eight-episode series, formerly known as Montauk, will be set in the 1980s Long Island town of the same name. Here’s the synopsis, according to Variety:
A young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends, and local cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance – which turns out to involve top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Angie Han at /Film points out that the show might be inspired by The Montauk Project, a series of allegedly secret US government experiments on time travel. This sounds like something that must have been alluded to on at least one episode of The X-Files.
In an interesting Creepypasta-style twist, conspiracy theories on The Montauk Project might actually originate from a series of books written by Preston Nichols, who says he discovered the experiments through his recovery of repressed memories. I’m also hoping, considering the timeline and location, that there’s some kind of Satanic Panic content in this show because that would make it even more potentially weird and amazing.
As for Winona Ryder, she’ll portray Joyce, the mother of the missing boy on the series, which will be available in all Netflix territories in 2016. Although she did have a major role in Darren Aronofsky’s mind-bending thriller Black Swan in 2010 and even more high-profile roles in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, Ryder hasn’t done much genre work, so this casting is exciting.
Other members of the cast include David Harbour, who appeared on both State of Affairs and The Newsroom, in addition to film roles in The Equalizer and A Walk Among The Tombstones.