Joe Swanberg is taking his micro-budget model of filmmaking to television. Netflix has in the hopper an 8-episode anthology drama series from Swanberg, titled Easy. Swanberg is the writer, director and executive producer. As he has successfully done on the feature side, Swanberg has been able to line up big-name talent for his Netflix series, with Orlando Bloom and Malin Akerman among those making appearances. Swanberg is expected to discuss the series in the keynote speech he is giving at SXSW this morning.
Easy, which has wrapped production, explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture — topics that Swanberg often tackles in his micro-budgeted drama features which employ extensive improvisation. The comedy-drama is said to consist of eight-stand-alone episodes showcasing the diversity of the city itself, focusing on characters from different neighborhoods and economic backgrounds.
Also making appearances on the show, which filmed in Chicago, are Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress and Kiersey Clemons.
Swanberg’s films include Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston, and Digging for Fire, starring Johnson, Uncle Kent and Art History.