11:07am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Daniella Pineda Joins Netflix's 'What/If' (Exclusive)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Daniella Pineda is Netflix-bound.
The actress has booked a series-regular role in What/If, the anthology drama starring Renee Zellweger.
The 10-episode What/If is described as a social thriller exploring the ripple effects when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season revolves around newlyweds who accept a dangerous proposition.
Pineda will play Cassidy, an analytical, conscientious and work-obsessed employee of Bioprint since its inception. As the CFO, she's the left brain to Lisa's (Jane Levy) right brain. Cassidy is the kind of woman who does the right thing, even when no one's looking — a quality that will come to haunt her when she is set up to take a big fall.
Zellweger is said to be playing a shrewd and mercurial San Francisco venture capitalist whose towering successes and meticulously curated public persona is the result of a searing devotion to her unapologetic post-feminist doctrine — not to mention the title of her best-selling book, At Any Cost. Levy and Blake Jenner are reportedly playing the newlyweds. The cast includes Keith Powers, Samantha Ware, Juan Castano and Saamer Usmani.
Pineda's credits include TBS' The Detour, The CW's The Originals and NBC's American Odyssey. She has an upcoming Blumhouse feature for Universal in the works. She's repped by UTA and Kirsten Ames.
Mike Kelley, who created ABC's Revenge and CBS' Swingtown, came up with the idea for What/If and will serve as showrunner and write the series. Kelley will executive produce alongside Page Fright's Melissa Loy, Atlas Entertainment's Alex Gartner and Charles Roven, and Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke of Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari will serve as co-exec producer.