Jason Bateman doesn’t look to be joking around in Ozark, the new neo-noir series from Netflix that also stars Laura Linney. Things look to have gone deadly serious for the Arrested Development star who plays Marty Byrde, a financial expert whose entanglement with a Mexican drug cartel makes his entire family (including his wife and two teenage children) a target for criminals and federal investigators alike.
With this extended peek at the series, it looks as if no one comes out of this saga unscathed. The official trailer contains plenty of guns, screeching cars, cold cash and an overwhelming sense of dread in this part-thriller/part-caper series.
Bateman also directs four episodes and serves as executive producer of the 10-episode series, and looks to be trying to inject some Breaking Bad-style TV into his career. Ozark looks to continue the trend of brutally staged crime thrillers with hints of dark humor, something that has become increasingly perfected thanks in part to series like The Sopranos.
A full synopsis of Ozark follows:
A Chicago financial advisor who has been quietly laundering money for a drug kingpin, must quickly uproot his kids and move the operation to The Ozarks, after his partner is caught cheating the business. There, he bumps heads with both a local drug dealer whose business he inadvertently interrupts, and a clan of ruffians, led by their 19-year-old niece, who want his money, all the while avoiding the eye of a tenacious FBI agent. He must complete his laundering, to save the life of his family, as they struggle to find their own path in this seemingly foreign way of life.
Ozark co-stars Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jordana Spiro, Jason Butler Harner, Esai Morales, Peter Mullan, and Lisa Emery. Jason Bateman, Daniel Sackheim (The Americans), Ellen Kuras (the director of photography on Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), and Andrew Bernstein (Mad Men) split the directing duties for the first season’s batch of episodes, while Bateman will executive produce alongside showrunner Chris Mundy (Low Winter Sun) and creators Bill Dubuque (The Judge) and Mark Williams (The Accountant).
Look for Ozark when it premiers on Netflix starting Friday, July 21st.