Dakota Johnson is reportedly set to star in a new Amazon comedy series titled Rodeo Queens. The show comes from I Am Not Okay With This co-creator Christy Hall.
The show will have a mockumentary-style presentation, and follows an ensemble of Rodeo Queen hopefuls as they compete for the coveted crown. A rodeo queen typically serves as the face of a local rodeo for about a year, and is usually required to wear a cowboy hat, crown, and sash with her title on it.
While there are obvious comparisons to be made to hit mockumentary-style shows like The Office and Parks And Recreation, this sounds more like a TV version of a Christopher Guest film. His mockumentaries often focused on slightly bizarre professions, like prestigious dog shows or film awards ceremonies. Rodeo Queens sounds like it would fit alongside those quite nicely.
Hall created the series and will serve also as showrunner, but each episode will be directed by Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein. Amazon reportedly beat out several other suitors for the project, and the streaming platform plans to open a writers room soon.
Johnson has broken away from the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise quite impressively, starring in Luca Guadagnino‘s Suspiria remake, having a supporting role in charming indie The Peanut Butter Falcon, and can currently be seen alongside Tracee Ellis Ross in The High Note.
She’ll next be seen alongside Casey Affleck and Jason Segel in The Friend, and when Hollywood resumes production, she will head off to work on Olivia Wilde‘s thriller Don’t Worry, Darling.
Amazon’s streaming strategy has kind of been all over the place in recent years. They looked to be heading down the path of solely focusing on huge shows like their in-development Lord Of The Rings series, but perhaps they’ve pivoted slightly from that as Rodeo Queens sounds like the kind of smaller comedy show found on Amazon’s streaming rivals.
Whatever their strategy is, having a show starring Johnson, created by Hall and directed by Brownstein should be a recipe for success.