Rian Johnson’s ‘Poker Face’ Recalls ‘Columbo’ And ‘Quantum Leap’

Through the premiere of Rian Johnson’s “Poker Face” on the Hollywood Legion Theater on Tuesday night, the forged and crew had nostalgia on the mind.

Viewers who’ve been eager for an excellent old school episodic thriller collection like “Columbo” and “The Rockford Recordsdata” could lastly have their needs granted by the “Glass Onion” director’s new homicide thriller collection, starring Natasha Lyonne.

The Peacock collection follows a 10-episode mystery-of-the-week template that places Lyonne’s Charlie on the highway with the assistance of her Plymouth Barracuda, as she solves varied crimes from one cease to the subsequent. Lyonne’s character, a “human lie detector,” makes use of her capability to smell out the reality in a collection of unusual conditions. Becoming a member of Lyonne is a powerful forged of visitor stars together with Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chloë Sevigny, Tim Meadows, Benjamin Bratt, Hong Chau, Ron Perlman, Stephanie Hsu, Lil Rel Howery and Luis Guzmán.

Defining the tone and really feel of “Poker Face,” Johnson in contrast his present to “Magnum P.I.,” “The Rockford Recordsdata” and “Quantum Leap.”

“All of those exhibits I used to be watching as a child, sitting on the rug in entrance of my TV, is the guts of what I’m making an attempt to get at,” Johnson informed Selection.

Sequence star Benjamin Bratt shared comparable emotions, reminiscing, “It jogs my memory of after I was a child within the ’70s with the NBC homicide mysteries. That was my jam. It was household viewing. ‘McCloud.’ It jogs my memory of ‘Vanishing Level,’ and, in fact, ‘Columbo.’ I actually appreciated Rian’s intent to duplicate that; it brings the heat that comes from that nostalgic sort of viewing.” 

Lyonne, finest recognized for “Russian Doll” and “Orange Is the New Black,” praised Johnson as properly, calling him a “good filmmaker and exquisite human” and referencing their shared love for traditional mysteries.

Like “Glass Onion” and “Knives Out,” Johnson mentioned “Poker Face” has a “sense of play to it,” including that since “there are 10 episodes… and we needed to maintain transferring quick, we’d simply attempt stuff to maintain it recent. There’s a whole lot of experimentation in every episode to make it a singular expertise. All I do know is that I had enjoyable.”

“Poker Face” premieres on Peacock on Jan. 26.