Netflix Announces Crime Noir Series ‘The Undertow’: Everything We Know So Far

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Pictured: Jamie Dornan (left) and Mackenzie Davis (right)

Filming for Netflix’s English adaptation of Kristoffer Metcalfe’s Twin, titled The Undertow, is due to get underway in 2024. Jamie Dornan and Mackenzie Davis have been cast in the lead roles. We’re keeping track of everything you need to know about The Undertow, including cast news, production updates, trailers, and the Netflix release date.

The Undertow is an upcoming Netflix Original crime-noir series directed by Jeremy Lovering (In Fear) and written by writing team Sarah Dollard (Doctor Who), Hanna Jameson (author of The Last), Scout Cripps (Little Racer), and Kam Odedra (Ackley Bridge). The series is based on Kristoffer Metcalfe’s Norwegian series Twin, which starred Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju.

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Picture: Kristofer Hivju in Twin – Nordisk Film Production AS

Nira Park and Rachael Prior are the executive producers representing the production studio Complete Fiction, David Flynn and Paul Lee are the executive producers representing the production studio Wiip, and Jeremy Lovering, Jamie Dornan, and Sarah Dollard are the remaining executive producers. Laura Richardson is credited as co-executive producer, and Donald Mackinnon is credited as a producer.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: (L-R) Joe Cornish, Nira Park, Rachel Prior and Edgar Wright attend a special screening of new Netflix series “Lockwood & Co” at The Courthouse Hotel on January 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

What is the plot of The Undertow?

Netflix has provided a full synopsis for The Undertow:

“Suffocating in a loveless marriage to Adam, Nicola’s life takes a deadly turn when Adam’s long-estranged identical twin brother Lee comes crashing back into her life, and their tangled romantic past threatens to destroy the present. When a split-second decision and a terrible accident leaves Adam dead, Nicola acts to protect her children. Bonded by cruel fate and a long-burning love, Nicola and Lee make a pact. With Lee assuming Adam’s identity, their hope is that the police investigation will conclude that free-spirited Lee died instead of his buttoned-up brother. Over the course of one week, Lee and Nicola struggle to maintain the secrets and lies. And though they can’t ignore their feelings for each other, they both know they’re living on borrowed time. Based on The Nordisk Film Production AS television series Twin.”

Who are the cast members of The Undertow?

Jamie Dornan has been confirmed as the series lead and will play the roles of twins Adam and Lee. Dornan, known for his time in the Fifty Shades franchise as Christian Grey, has been in a few Netflix productions such as Heart of Stone, The Siege of Jadotville, and the former exclusively licensed series The Fall.

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Picture: Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall – Fables / Netflix

Mackenzie Davis will play the role of Adam’s wife, Nicola. The actress has starred in several prominent sci-fi films and shows such as Blade Runner 2049, Terminator: Dark Fate, Love, Death & Robots, and Black Mirror’s San Junipero episode.

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Picture: Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie in Black Mirror – Zeppotron

Iain de Caestecker has been cast in an unnamed role. He is best known for his roles in The Winter King, The Control Room, and several seasons of Agents of SHIELD.

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Picture: Iain de Caestecker as Leo Fitz in Agents of SHIELD – ABC

Gary Lewis has also been cast. He is most well known for his roles as the father in Billy Elliot and McGloin in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

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Picture: Gary Lewis as McGloin in Gangs of New York – Miramax

What is the production status of The Undertow?

Official Production Status: Filming Scheduled (Last Updated: 14/03/2024)

Details are limited, but we can confirm that filming on The Undertow will begin sometime in 2024 in the Highlands and the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

When is The Undertow Netflix release date?

The release date for The Undertow is not part of the initial announcement. However, given filming is due to get underway in 2024, we would expect a 2025 release.

Are you looking forward to watching The Undertow on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.