Sharon Van Etten is one of the stars of new Netflix series ‘The OA’
Netflix dropped a new show, The OA, pretty much out of nowhere on Friday (12/16), which some are saying could be the next viral hit a la Stranger Things. The show was co-created by Brit Marling (who also stars) and Zal Batmanglij, who also co-created the 2011 film The Sound of My Voice. Here's the pitch:
Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission.
There's not a lot of big names in the series but there are familiar faces like Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, Rogue One, Swet Shop Boys), and Phyllis Smith (The Office), and Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead). Music fans and regular readers of BV may also recognize Sharon Van Etten as "Rachel" (!) in five episodes of the series. (Her song "I Wish I Knew" also features in one of the episodes.) We haven't watched yet, but now we want to even more.
Like The Sound of My Voice, The OA features music by former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij and his brother Zal (who co-created the series as mentioned above). Have you watched? You can check out the series trailer, below.
Sharon, who will also be in the new Twin Peaks, recently played Cyndi Lauper's holiday show in NYC and she'll play with Beirut, Kevin Morby and more at the Planned Parenthood benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 18 (sold out).