In his unofficial Day trilogy, the late director Garry Marshall managed to convince some of Hollywood’s most famous (mostly white) faces, including Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and, um, Taylor Swift, to work for well below what they’d usually get paid. Netflix is swimming in money, Scrooge McDuck-style, but even Reed Hastings can’t afford Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Biel and Katherine Heigl (he can, however, fit Danny Masterson into the budget), which is just well, because instead of getting Secretary’s Day: The Show, or whatever, here comes Easy.
The eight-episode anthology series from Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Digging for Fire) looks like the indie comedy version of Valentine’s Day. The cast is instantly recognizable to anyone who spends too much time on the internet or in non-multiplex theaters (so, everyone reading Uproxx): Aya Cash, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, Jake Johnson, Kiersey Clemons, Elizabeth Reaser, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman, and Emily Ratajkowski are also along for the ride, and there will be lots of riding, if you catch my drift. Easy “explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix, with a focus on the love and sex part. You probably don’t want to watch the trailer at work. Or while you’re listening to Maron’s WTF podcast.
That might get uncomfortably real. Easy premieres on Sept. 22.