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The streaming giant dropped the official trailer to the Orange Is the New Black star’s next Netflix original series, which she co-created, Wednesday. Lyonne co-created Russian Doll with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, who all serve as executive producers, with Headland and Lyonne as writers for the series.
The pair lead an all-female writing and directing team, with all episodes directed by Jamie Babbit, Headland and Lyonne herself. The eight-episode series launches Feb. 1.
“I think of it as sort of an existential adventure show,” Lyonne recently told The Hollywood Reporter of Russian Doll. Up until now, plot details surrounding the show had been scarce. “I don’t know that there’s really been this show for women just yet. I’m very proud of it and really excited.”
The comedy received a straight-to-series order last year and now, the first look unveils the show’s hook: Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. As the trailer shows, that party ends tragically for Nadia — over and over again.
After telling herself in the mirror, “Let’s fuck this party in the mouth,” of her own birthday bash, Nadia gets run over by a cab in the street. The next time, she trips down the stairs to her death, and then does it again despite trying to avoid the fall.
“Jesus fucking Christ, that’s dark,” she says upon realizing the Groundhog’s Day scenario she has found herself in. “I keep dying and reliving the same night,” she explains to her friends, divulging that, yes, death hurts every time. “I am questioning my own sanity.”
The darkly comedic trailer shows Nadia as she attempts to avoid her fate to no avail, following rushes with the police and a potential visit to the psych ward before fighting back to declare: “I am not crazy!”
Alongside Lyonne, the cast includes Elizabeth Ashley, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, and Charlie Barnett. Chloe Sevigny, OITNB star Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton III, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Bobb, Ritesh Raja and Jocelyn Bioh guest-star.
Russian Doll was filmed in New York City and wrapped production just as the sixth season of OITNB was launching over the summer. “Russian Doll never shot more than two blocks from my house,” Lyonne told THR when promoting OITNB. “I walked to work every day. Night shoots, in the winter. I would leave set, even directing, and just walk home as the sun rose. And I would be like, ‘This is really something.’ With my little binder.”
Lyonne, who will also be directing on the upcoming seventh and final season of Jenji Kohan’s OITNB, credited Netflix for the artistic freedom that allowed the trio to make Russian Doll. “I can’t believe that I got to make it. I feel like Amy, Leslye and I really had a vision for this thing and it’s certainly very close and far beyond anything I could have ever hoped for,” she said when production wrapped.
Russian Doll is produced by Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Watch the trailer, above.
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