‘Ozark’ is an American crime drama web series that airs on Netflix. It first premiered on July 21, 2017. The series, which includes elements of a gripping thriller, has been created by Bill Dubuque, who is best known for works like ‘The Accountant‘, and Mark Williams. Media Rights Capital, Aggregate Films, Zero Gravity Management, Headhunter Films, and Man, Woman & Child Productions are the companies backing the project, while Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, and Mark Williams serve as the executive producers.
The show is gritty crime drama which follows financial planner Marty Byrde, who suddenly relocates the family from Chicago suburb of Naperville to a summer resort community in the Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he is required to pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord. Upon their arrival in the Ozarks, they become entangled with local criminals as well. The show has received a steady fan base, and though it is somewhat underrated, it captures the entire vibe of a family man turned criminal quite as well as ‘Breaking Bad’ does, which is high praise. Critics have lauded the show for the complexity of the plot and the strongly delivered performances while recognizing that the show has immense potential.
Ozark Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Ozark’ includes Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial advisor, who works as a money launderer for the second largest cartel in Mexico. However, when his partner is caught embezzling money from the cartel, they face their wrath, and to get away with his life, Byrde relocates his entire family to the Ozarks, promising to pay off his debts to the cartel. Laura Linney who has appeared in films like ‘Primal Fear‘ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose‘ plays the role of Wendy Byrde, Marty’s estranged wife, who ultimately becomes his lobbyist for a casino in the Ozarks, through which the family plans to launder the money. Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner play the roles of Charlotte and Jonah Byrde, the children.
Julia Garner plays the role of Ruth Langmore, a smart 19-year-old, who figures out Mary’s plan. Unfortunately for Marty, she belongs to a local family of troublemakers. Peter Mullan and Lisa Emery play the roles of Jacob and Darlene Snell, the local crime bosses who pester Marty into entering into a partnership with them. There are several other supporting characters and new faces which got introduced in the sophomore season. They are mostly members of the community in the Ozarks, and the Byrdes try to do their best to get along with everyone, unless someone specifically comes looking for trouble, like the FBI, or a power-hungry mob lawyer that we saw in the sophomore season.
In the upcoming season, we know that Wendy’s brother will be added to the cast. He has had some mental illness in the past and will surely add a hint of additional trouble. Apart from that, the main cast members will return, but there will be a shift in the power dynamic, as Wendy enters the spotlight of the illegal operations as much as Marty, and it remains to be seen if their big plans materialize.