The two-time Oscar nominee has signed on to star in the streaming service’s new mystery drama from Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines), The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In the currently untitled series, which is billed as a “love letter to the ‘80s classics,” a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers; they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Ryder will play Joyce, a working-class single mother reeling from the disappearance of her 12-year-old son. In the quest to rescue her son from terrifying forces, she summons a strength she never knew she had.
The Duffer brothers will write and direct all eight hourlong episodes of the series, with Karl Gajdusek (Last Resort) serving as showrunner. The Duffer brothers and Gajdusek will exec produce with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen under their 21 Laps Entertainment banner (Night at the Museum).
The series is a Netflix production and will premiere across all Netflix territories in 2016.
This marks Ryder’s first series regular role. In addition to her long list of film credits, which includes Edward Scissorhands, Little Women and Black Swan, Ryder will next be seen in David Simon‘s HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. She is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Hirsch Wallerstein.