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Rian Johnson is known for crafting intricate puzzles for immoderate of his enactment including the ‘Knives Out’ franchise of films. But with this latest task into the satellite of mystery, ‘Poker Face,’ the format for this caller Peacock amusement starring Natasha Lyonne leaves the question of “Who’s the killer?” astatine the doorway and alternatively turns to inquire “How did you drawback them?”

Lyonne stars arsenic Charlie Cale, who we spot successful the archetypal occurrence moving astatine a casino successful Nevada erstwhile she gets thrust into the satellite of execution (not to uncover immoderate spoilers connected how). From past connected out, she’s connected the lawsuit and travels astir solving crimes herself without a badge oregon detective background. Instead, she has an uncanny quality to observe lies which leads her down immoderate beauteous aggravated roads.

‘Poker Face’ besides features a bevy of awesome impermanent stars—Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Barkin, Nick Nolte and much articulation in—which was portion of the entreaty for writer/director Rian Johnson. And to dive a small deeper into the series, helium sat down to sermon what’s successful store for this caller show, which premieres Jan. 26.

Glass OnionRian Johnson, writer/director of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” and “Poker Face” poses for a representation during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10 2022, astatine the Shangri-La Hotel successful Toronto. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Why instrumentality to the case-of-the-week format for ‘Poker Face’? 

A fewer things…It’s a format that I truly recovered myself missing. I deliberation there’s truthful overmuch bully TV close present that is serialized wherever if it’s a enigma show, the enigma stretches implicit the full season.

Having it beryllium a case-of-the-week gives you a mates of things: First of all, you tin conscionable beryllium down and get a afloat repast and afloat enigma successful 1 hr of TV astatine the extremity of the night. Also, due to the fact that it’s genuinely episodic, the mediate episodes of the play are not adjacent truly successful order. If you hear, ohio my God, you person to spot the 1 with Nick Nolte, you tin skip up and ticker it, you don’t person to ticker each the mode up to it. 

But the different large happening to maine is impermanent stars. That’s [something] those aged shows had that we’re truly trying to travel successful the contented of—every occurrence having a existent impermanent prima who truly owns the episode. So erstwhile you ticker a trailer and you spot 30 names successful a row, it’s not similar those are each cameos successful 1 episode. Every 1 of those radical has an occurrence that’s their occurrence and they’re going up against Charlie, Natasha’s quality successful it. I deliberation that’s truly amusive to see, it’s similar 10 small movies basically. 

With astir large transgression series, the detective oregon the idiosyncratic doing the investigating is usually a large personality. What is it astir Natasha that made her close for this role?

It’s benignant of undefinable, similar a movie prima quality. There is conscionable thing that she’s got and it’s besides very, precise rare, which is the crushed wherefore erstwhile I became friends with her and saw her enactment successful ‘Russian Doll’, a airy went disconnected successful my head. I thought this is idiosyncratic who could beryllium the Peter Falk for a bid similar this. There are not a batch of those radical retired there. So, I don’t cognize that I tin enactment my digit connected what it is, but I cognize that it’s there. 

My occupation truly was to enactment with her and benignant of conception this amusement to beryllium a bespoke suit for her, it truly took vantage of everything that I emotion watching successful her performances. She’s truly been a collaborator from the commencement and we built this happening together. 

You called the episodes mini-movies, and they genuinely each consciousness antithetic successful their ain way. What were immoderate tricks oregon techniques that you utilized visually to assistance execute that?

That was thing I was excited about, the conception of it being a roadworthy movie. But truly what that allows america to bash is delve into a antithetic satellite with each episode, and successful that mode it was benignant of inspired by ‘Quantum Leap’ wherever each occurrence is plunking you into a full different small ecosystem of people, a small micro-society and examining that. When you person 10 episodes and you’re creating a caller satellite with everyone, it’s a batch of work. 

Our accumulation designer, Judy Rhee, did the Lord’s work. I inactive can’t judge what she did successful presumption of creating each of these vastly antithetic worlds. Also, [with] Trayce Field, our costume decorator and with casting— everything goes into trying to make a full antithetic satellite each week. 

In this show, we spot a batch of actors you’ve worked with successful the past. Is that existent for the behind-the-scenes unit arsenic well, particularly since this amusement took truthful overmuch to craft?

Some of them are. Two of the episodes I directed with my cinematographer Steve Yedlin, who I’ve worked with successful each my movies. And past Jaron Presant who I’ve worked with, he’s been our 2nd portion DP and has changeable tons of movies connected his own. But past besides we had caller people, Christina Ng was our different DP and she changeable 1 of the different episodes I directed, and I had a large acquisition with her.

Judy, who I mentioned, I haven’t worked with, oregon Trayce. So it was a substance of aged and caller friends basically, and a batch of caller friends who are present going to go aged friends who I anticipation to enactment with again. 

Natasha’s quality Charlie tin archer erstwhile radical are lying. Was that tidbit inspired by her oregon was it successful the publication for different reasons?

Well, Natasha does person a truly bully bullsh*t detector [laughs], benignant of infuriatingly so. But no, that was benignant of constructed for the character. Part of it was knowing that she’s not a bull and she’s not a detective, this is not her job. So [we wanted] to springiness her thing that’s conscionable a small spot other that made her peculiarly bully astatine this. I deliberation beyond conscionable her being astute oregon her being bully astatine mysteries, conscionable a small thing wherever it made consciousness that lone she could measurement successful and lick these crimes. 

The different facet of it was due to the fact that determination is simply a small spot of the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ happening wherever everyplace she goes, a execution happens—which is conscionable a buy-in that we asked for from the audience. I’m not gonna say, yeah, we made that marque sense. It’s just, this is the amusement and it’s amusive and we’re going with it. But determination was a small spot successful my caput of, okay, if she has this power, the conception is if immoderate of america could observe lies astir america we’d astir apt beryllium privy to a batch much unspeakable worldly happening successful the satellite astir us. So there’s a small spot of that too.

The archetypal 4 episodes of ‘Poker Face’ driblet connected Peacock Jan. 26 with further episodes released weekly. 

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