Ramírez executive stars in the Jason Bateman-produced series, which premieres on April 13.
Florida is a state that’s constantly been the butt of jokes, but it’s also inspired a lot of great TV shows: “Miami Vice!” “On Becoming a God in Central Florida!” All the Jacksonville jokes in The Good Place! Netflix will hopefully expand that canon further with the new thriller “Florida Man,” premiering on April 13. In addition to announcing the date, the streamer also released the first trailer for the upcoming limited series.
According to Netflix’s diary, the thriller stars Edgar Ramírez (“Carlos,” “Joy”) as struggling ex-cop Mike Valentine, who is forced to return to his native Florida to find the runaway girlfriend of a Philadelphia mobster. The seemingly simple task turns into a larger journey “into buried family secrets and an increasingly futile attempt to do right in a place where there is so much wrong.” Abbey Lee plays mobster girlfriend Delly West, and other cast members include Otmara Marrero, Lex Scott Davis, Emory Cohen, Clark Gregg, Isaiah Johnson, Paul Schneider and Lauren Buglioli.
“Florida Man” was produced by Donald Todd, best known for writing and executive producing NBC’s family drama This Is Us. In an interview with Netflix’s in-house editorial website I knowTodd explained how his Florida origins inspired the show and explained the logic behind naming the show “Florida Man.”
“Growing up, I never stopped thinking about why Florida is Florida,” he said. “Florida is a thin layer of porous crust on top of a hundred feet of water and maybe a few feet above sea level… it might all sink. So when you feel like everything is temporary, you do what you can when you get it. A ‘Florida man’ is someone who is proudly independent and doesn’t live by your code, which means he doesn’t live by any code.”
“Florida Man” comes to Netflix from Aggregate Films, the production banner of Jason Bateman, which was also responsible for the actor’s hit series “Ozark.” Aggregate also recently produced the rom-com ‘Your Place or Mine’ for Netflix, and shows ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ and ‘Based on a True Story’ are coming to Apple TV+ and Peacock -you. Bateman is executive producing “Florida Man” with Michael Costigan.
All seven episodes of “Florida Man” will begin airing on April 13. Watch the trailer for “Florida Man” below.
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