Billy Crudup to Star Opposite Naomi Watts in Netflix Drama 'Gypsy'

The 10-episode series will bow in 2017, with the first two installments directed by 'Fifty Shades of Grey's' Sam Taylor-Johnson.
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Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup is headed to the small screen.

The Tony and SAG Award winner has been tapped to star opposite Naomi Watts in the Netflix drama Gypsy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked up to series in January, the project follows the journey of Jean Holloway, a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients' lives. Watts will star as Holloway and also be credited as an executive producer.

From writer/executive producer Lisa Rubin (I Was Here), the 10-episode drama is produced by Universal Television and Working Title. Working Title president Liza Chasin, Andrew Stearn and Rubin also exec produce alongside Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) will direct the first two episodes of the series, which will premiere in 2017.

Crudup will play MIchael Holloway, Jean's husband and loving father to their daughter. He navigates their twisted and complicated marriage as well as his own morally gray relationships.

The role marks Crudup's largest TV commitment to date. The actor next has feature 20th Century Women opposite Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig. His credits include Alien: Covenant, Life at These Speeds and Spotlight, for which he was part of the Oscar- and SAG Award-winning cast. On Broadway, he won a Tony for his role in The Coast of Utopia and nominations for The Elephant Man, The Pillowman and Arcadia, among others. Crudup is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management.