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Watch the trailer for Netflix’s secretive mystery drama, The OA

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s secretive mystery drama, The OA

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Netflix announced that the first eight episodes of its new series The OA will be debuting on Friday by tweeting a series of grim questions — “Have you seen death?” “Have you seen darkness?” — along with an eight-second video of a woman jumping off of a heavily trafficked bridge.

Now we have an official trailer for the show, which seems to be about a young woman who went missing for a long period of time and came back to her parents with memories from an alternate universe? And when she went missing she was blind, but at the start of this series she isn’t?

Some of the bizarre trailer may be dream sequences, as implied by a post on The OA’s newly launched Instagram. Netflix is clearly keeping things hazy deliberately. With Westworld gone, we appear to have the year’s next and final serving of mystery.

The series stars Brit Marling, who is also co-head writer alongside her frequent collaborator Zal Batmangli. The pair worked together on two Sundance hits: Sound of My Voice (2011), a psychological thriller about a team of documentary filmmakers who get drawn in by the charismatic cult leader they’ve sought to expose, and The East (2013), another thriller about a “freegan” anarchic organization. The OA was financed by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B, as well as Anonymous Content (True Detective, Mr. Robot).

Netflix acquired the series in March of last year, but hadn’t previously announced a release date beyond “late 2016.”