Renée Zellweger Looks Ready To Destroy Lives For Fun In Trailer For Netflix's What/If

Renée Zellweger is ready for her Netflix close-up in the teaser trailer for her new series What/If. News of the stylish drama arrived last year, but not much was heard after that until this new visual evidence. Armed with intense narration from its star, What/If's trailer gives prospective viewers their first glimpse at the new show. Check it out “what” happens “if” you watch below:

Steamy! Along with the first look, Netflix revealed the date subscribers can start binging What/If will be May 24, which is almost exactly one month away. Finish your other binges while you still can, because Renée Zellweger is not messing around in this trailer as she arranges various human chess pieces into place. She's definitely playing games with people's lives, but is everyone destined to be destroyed? Stay tuned.

What/If is already a pretty big deal for Renée Zellweger. It marks the actress’ first starring role on a television series ever. From what the new promo has to say, Zellweger is coming onto the TV scene in full force. Check out a clear shot of her character below before we dive more into the story.

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As Zellweger's quasi-puppeteer makes her way up the stairs, many lives appear to be altered. The trailer for What/If shows off the various cast members and hints at their connections to one another. This does not appear to be actual footage from the series, to be sure, but rather a tone-setting preview. Netflix seems to be keeping actual show clips under wraps for now.

Plot details around WB TV's What/If remain elusive. Described as a neo-noir thriller, What/If will follow a pair of newlyweds in San Francisco in need of some quick funds. To aid in their financial goals, they accept a morally questionable offer from a mysterious female benefactor. Enter Renée Zellweger with offers "too extraordinary to refuse?" It would seem so.

You do get a sense of the character Renée Zellweger is playing in this story that will explore what happens when people step outside their comfort zones for morally stunted reasons. To say that Zellweger's is a power player would be an understatement. She is the queen, to following along with the promo's chess theme, and all others are her pawns.

At the end of the video, viewers will notice what appear to be wedding rings are on the board amid the fallen chess pieces. At that point, Zellweger can then be heard saying “Welcome to the game.” Ominous! And it sounds like at least one married couple is going to travel down some rocky roads when this series debuts.

Revenge creator Mike Kelley is What/If’s showrunner, and he'll also be writing and executive producing. If anyone knows about writing about the perilous interpersonal happenings of wealthy and privileged humans, it is him. The trailer certainly gives off vibes reminiscent of Revenge’s dramatic nature. To note, the show also boasts Robert Zemeckis as an executive producer, along with Melissa Loy, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven and Jack Rapke.

What/If, which will run for ten episodes, also stars Jane Levy, Blake Jenner, Louis Herthum, Samantha Ware, Keith Powers, Daniella Pineda, Juan Castano, John Clarence Stewart and Dave Annable.

Watch what happens when What/If joins Netflix's stacked slate of originals when it premieres on Friday, May 24, at 12:01 a.m. PT.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.