‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman goes Walter White or something in new Netflix series

Man, where did this project come from? Here’s the trailer for a new Netflix series, Ozark. Jason Bateman doing his Walter White impression, or something, I know that’s an easy and reductive comparison, but yeah, I think I’m stoked.

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The Ozark trailer, essentially a minute-long teaser, is a frantically violent montage of escalating events suffered by the family of Marty Byrde (Bateman), a Chicago financial advisor and secret money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel, who – for reasons unfathomable – decides to make off with stupendous stacks of the criminal organization’s money. Consequently, Marty goes into hiding within the lazy lake region of the rustic wilderness that is the Missouri Ozarks with his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and teenage children Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner). However, the cash-stashing city slicker family aren’t exactly a discreet presence and, amidst obvious culture clashes, trouble manifests, putting Marty’s family in the same crosshairs.

Ozark is the creation of Bill Dubuque, a screenwriter behind films such as the 2014 Robert Downey Jr.-starring crime drama The Judge and the 2016 Ben Affleck-starring drama The Accountant. Dubuque is also notably attached to write the screenplay for Warner’s DC Comics Batman spinoff movie Nightwing, centering on the solo vigilante excursions of Dick Grayson, the former Robin. The series is also a potent showcase for star Jason Bateman, who will also serve as director and executive producer alongside Dubuque and Mark Williams.

Ozark certainly looks like a peak television offering that could fill genre vacancies left behind for fans of the classic “average guy accidentally becomes criminal mastermind” series Breaking Bad and the recently-cancelled mountain-dwelling drama Outsiders. Moreover, Jason Bateman will get to go to revisit a pathos he effectively channeled opposite a demented Joel Edgerton in 2015’s The Gift, which proved that he was capable of so much more than comedy.