Ozark’s Janet McTeer teams up with Queen’s Gambit star for major new film role

Jessica Frances Dukes shares behind-the-scenes look at Ozark

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Ozark supporting player Janet McTeer will be co-starring alongside The Queen’s Gambit’s award-nominated lead Anya Taylor-Joy in an upcoming film from the creators of HBO’s Succession. The two Netflix stars will also be joined by a supporting cast of A-listers in the darkly satirical comedy-drama, The Menu.

The Ozark supporting player is the latest addition to the star-studded cast of the upcoming original film from Searchlight Pictures.

Helen Pierce star Janet McTeer is set to play a food critic alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult as a young couple who travel to a remote island to dine at an exclusive restaurant.

The diners will find they’ve bitten off much more than they can chew as the chef’s world class menu features some shocking surprises.

Ralph Fiennes, John Leguizamo, and Hong Chau will also star in the upcoming film.

In addition to its impressive cast, The Menu will reunite some key creatives behind HBO’s acclaimed series Succession.

The show’s director Mark Mylod will helm the picture, which was written by Succession screenwriter Will Tracey and Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Seth Reiss.

Best known for his small screen work, Mylod’s credits include episodes of Entourage, Shameless and Game of Thrones.

He has also directed the feature comedies Ali G Indahouse, The Big White and What’s Your Number?

Mylod is expected to return to directing duties for the third season of Succession, which is due to arrive this October.

Meanwhile, Janet McTeer is unfortunately unlikely to be returning for the upcoming fourth outing of Netflix’s hit crime series, Ozark.

Her character Helen Pierce was introduced in the second season as the Navarro cartel’s attorney who’s sent to snoop on Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney).

However, her time on the series came to an abrupt end in the final moments of season three when she is suddenly shot by her employer.

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Thankfully, Helen’s death was by no means the end of Ozark, as the series was confirmed to have been renewed for a fourth and final season last June.

This instalment will consist of 14 episodes split into two parts, though a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Outside of her recurring role in Ozark, McTeer is well known for her television roles including Facebook Watch’s Sorry for Your Loss and Netflix’s Marvel series Jessica Jones.

She received a Tony nomination in 2019 for her role in Bernhardt/Hamlet, and an Academy Award nod for her supporting part in 2011’s Albert Nobbs.

On film, she was last seen in 2016’s romantic war drama The Exception, starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James.

Lead actress Anya Taylor-Joy is currently awaiting the result of her Emmy nomination for her breakthrough performance in Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit.

She has also won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work in the series.

The rising star will next be seen in Edgar Wright’s upcoming thriller Last Night In Soho, and has already signed on to the next projects of acclaimed directors David O. Russell and Robert Eggers.

Ozark seasons 1-3 and The Queen’s Gambit are available to stream on Netflix.


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