Renee Zellweger to Star in ‘What/If’ Series for Netflix

Renee Zellweger to STar in What/If
Renee Zellweger in a scene from ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ (Photo by Giles Keyte © Universal Pictures)

Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Cold Mountain) has committed to starring in the new original dramatic series, What/If. The series is set up at Netflix and was created by Mike Kelley (Revenge, Swingtown), with Robert Zemeckis executive producing.

Season one will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. Netflix hasn’t confirmed any additional casting details or announced when production will begin on the original drama which marks Renee Zellweger’s debut as the star of a television series.

Mike Kelley is writing the new series and will serve as the showrunner. Kelley also executive produces with Alex Gartner, Page Fright’s Melissa Loy, Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, and Compari Entertainment’s Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine is on board as a co-executive producer.

Kelley recently created the ABC dramatic series Revenge which ran for four seasons. Revenge starred Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, and Josh Bowman, and aired from 2011-2015. Kelley was also responsible for creating the short-lived dramatic series Swingtown which aired for one season on CBS.

Renée Zellweger recently completed work on the 2019 feature film, Judy, directed by Rupert Gould. The biopic is based on the events surrounding Hollywood legend Judy Garland’s 1968 performances in London. In addition, Zellweger has the musical drama Blue Night directed by Fabien Constant and co-starring Simon Baker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Common, Taylor Kinney, and Jacqueline Bisset heading to theaters later this year.

The What/If Plot: Social thriller What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.

The series stars Renée Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, Chicago, the Bridget Jones movies) in the role of Anne. In her distinguished career she has also received three Golden Globe and SAG awards.