Natasha Lyonne’s Detective Superpower In Poker Face Posed A Challenge For Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson and Natasha Lyonne both spoke to Empire Magazine about their excitement for the series, and how it relates to their own interests. “I really love the accidental detective,” Lyonne told Empire. “You know, the person who stumbles into a life of solving things just because their brain works that way.” Given her character’s ability to detect dishonesty, Charlie Cale is like the inverse of Ana de Armas’ Marta in “Knives Out,” who is incapable of telling a lie without puking. This talent also allows Charlie to solve mysteries rather quickly, allowing “Poker Face” to follow in the footsteps of beloved shows like “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

“The fact that with each new episode we can attack a totally different style and story and cast … it’s something similar to the mystery movies with Daniel [Craig],” Johnson said. “If I can keep doing it, then I will.” Lyonne joked with Empire that Johnson is the perfect person to continue writing these mysteries because he can solve the Saturday edition of the New York Times crossword puzzle. “I can do a Thursday and a Sunday, sure. I can do most of the days of the week, but he can do a Saturday, and to me, that’s a really good reason to want to be in that person’s puzzles,” she said.

“Poker Face” will premiere exclusively on Peacock with four episodes at once, with the remaining six to stream every Thursday starting on January 26, 2023.

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