I’ve been waiting for Bloodline to come together since it was first announced Kyle Chandler was snapped up for the at-the-time untitled series, written by the team behind Damages (Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Todd A. Kessler). A month or so later, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini signed on, followed by Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. The cast alone is phenomenal, but add in those particular writers, make it a dark thriller and you’d have to pay me to stay away. Kessler says Bloodline was tailored to be binge-watched, and the pitch to Netflix was a multiple-season, broad story plan.
“The first four episodes sort of function as the first act of a thriller…We really approached this as a 13-hour movie.”
The series is centered on the close-knit Rayburn family, community pillars who are shaken up when black sheep brother, Danny (Mendelsohn) returns home threatening to expose dark family secrets. Chandler plays “good” brother, John (in law enforcement), Norbert Leo Butz (dude, that name is begging for a makeover) is party brother, Kevin; Cardellini stars as Meg, the youngest sister, and Sally (Spacek) and Robert (Shepard) head up the Florida Keys clan.
In this new featurette, we get a better look inside the Rayburn family, who’re celebrating their hotel’s 45th year in business.
If you hadn’t seen the trailer back in February, check it:
Chloë Sevigny recurs as Mendelsohn’s former girlfriend, now living in squalor with her parolee brother (Jamie McShane), and Steven Pasquale has a multi-episode arc as Cardellini’s potential love interest.
Bloodline will be available for (gulp)streaming on Netflix March 20th. Join me — I’ll make the popcorn.