You know what’s great? Stumbling onto a murder scene when no one expects you to, and then taking it upon yourself to figure out what happened. Oh, so you have no idea what we’re talking about. This may not be the case for everyone, but it is for Charlie Cale, the protagonist of Rian Johnson’s new Peacock original series Poker Face.
This month’s issue of Empire features Natasha Lyonne, who plays the lead role in the murder-of-the-week programme, declaring, “I absolutely enjoy the accidental detective” (now on sale). “You know, the individual who, just because their brain works that way, happens to spend their whole life fixing problems.”
The pilot has “[Charlie’s] diatribe about how people are constantly lying,” as Johnson put it. Pay close attention to “why the person is lying about that particular subject.”
Charlie travels the country in her Plymouth Barracuda while solving several murders with the help of a rotating cast of guest stars including Joseph Gordon Levitt, Adrien Brody, Nick Nolte, Chloe Sevigny, Ellen Barkin, Tim Meadows, Jameela Jamil, Lil Rel Howery, Noah Segan, and more. The original idea for the show came from Johnson, who also served as the show’s creator, writer, director, and executive producer. He drew inspiration from the likes of Columbo, Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, and The Rockford Files.
“You sat down and you received a full story,” the director said. Always centred on a very cool, charismatic individual, and featuring a great guest star. The anthology structure also helps to maintain novelty. He compared the developing Knives Out franchise to the mystery films starring Daniel Craig, saying, “The idea that with each new episode we can approach a totally different style and story and cast… it’s something comparable to the mystery movies with Daniel [Craig].” If I am able to continue, I certainly will.
It was announced on Thursday, January 26 that Poker Face would be taking up the case. All four pilots will air simultaneously, and the remaining six episodes will be released regularly. Aside from Ram Bergman and Iain B. Macdonald, the show’s executive producers also include Nora Zuckerman, Lila Zuckerman, Natasha Lyonne, Nena Rodrigue, and Lila Zuckerman. Co-executive producers include Maya Rudolph (who, along with Lyonne, co-founded Animal Pictures) and Danielle Renfrew Behrens.
Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, has just been added to Netflix’s streaming library. Last year, the streaming giant reportedly made a $450 million production contract for two sequels.