Actor Billy Crudup has joined the cast of Gypsy, a new dramatic series for Netflix from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin.
Crudup’s previous screen credits include leading roles in the critically acclaimed Jesus’ Son opposite Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Denis Leary (which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination), and Cameron Crowe’s Academy Award-winning Almost Famous alongside Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson.
The Netflix project will see him play the husband to “Jean” (portrayed by Naomi Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.
Watts also serves as an executive producer on the project, along with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Andrew Stearn. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is directing the first two episodes of the series.
In all, ten one-hour episodes are slated to premiere on the SVOD service in 2017.
Crudup’s other film credits include: Noah Buschel’s Glass Chin; William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless; Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties opposite Clive Owen; the box office hit Eat Pray Love starring alongside Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and James Franco; Michael Mann’s Public Enemies alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale; Zack Synder’s Watchmen opposite Patrick Wilson; Charlotte Gray opposite Cate Blanchett; Tim Burton’s fantasy tale Big Fish, also starring Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter and Albert Finney; Stage Beauty opposite Claire Danes; Trust the Man with Julianne Moore; J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible 3 opposite Tom Cruise; and Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
On stage, Crudup most recently starred in the repertory productions of No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot on Broadway, opposite Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley. In 2007, Crudup won a “Best Performance by a Featured Actor” Tony for his role in the Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia. He also received Tony nominations for his roles in The Elephant Man, The Pillowman and Arcadia.
Photo: Billy Crudup in Almost Famous