What/If Creator Reveals the Inspiration Behind Renee Zellweger's Netflix Villain

TVLine | 5/24/2019 | Andy Swift
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Summer may not technically start for another month, but Netflix has already given us our first sudsy beach “read” in What/If, a 10-episode social thriller from the mind of Revenge creator Mike Kelley. The twisted series also marks Renee Zellweger‘s major television debut, as she steps into the role of vindictive seductress Anne Montgomery.

“I’ve been thinking about this character for a long time,” Kelley tells TVLine. “She was born out of my slightly unhealthy obsession with all things Mrs. Robinson. That character is so powerful and witty and compelling, but also tragic. The Graduate was my first real movie obsession, and I always thought, ‘What if Mrs. Robinson didn’t soak herself in martinis every night and indulge in self-loathing? What if she put it all into self-enterprise and success and became a person of consequence? As luck would have it, Renee felt the same way about [star] Anne Bancroft and Mrs. Robinson. I actually named the character after Anne Bancroft.”

Anne - Play - Things - Form - Lisa

Anne’s play things come in the form of Lisa (Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy), the young creator of a fledgling biotech startup, and her husband Sean (Glee‘s Blake Jenner), a professional baseball player-turned-EMT. Unaware of all that Anne has planned for them, the cash-strapped newlyweds receive a tempting proposition in the premiere: The enigmatic venture capitalist offers Lisa $80 million to ensure her company’s success… in exchange for one night alone with Sean.

“Renee is a huge fan, as am I, of all those late ’80s/early ’90s social thrillers — Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct and, of course, Indecent Proposal,” Kelley says. “I really wanted to bring back...
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