With Fox opting not to press ahead with more episodes of The X-Files, Gillian Anderson has quickly announced a new project: the iconic actress will star in Sex Education for Netflix, an upcoming dramedy about a sex therapist.
Anderson’s sex therapist will be on the main characters, and her-onscreen son (played by Asa Butterfield) will be another. The crux of the show will feature the son character putting his mother’s expertise to good use, by setting up a secret sex therapy clinic within his school.
Netflix broke the news on Twitter, with this brief message:
Gillian Anderson & Asa Butterfield will star in “Sex Education,” Netflix’s new dramedy coming in 2019. Anderson plays an uninhibited sex therapist and Butterfield plays her son, a socially awkward virgin who sets up an underground sex therapy clinic at his high school pic.twitter.com/CSWpatQOgB
— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) May 17, 2018
Further details have since spread around the web, with TV Line telling us that Laurie Nunn (The Summer House, numerous short films) wrote the script. Ben Taylor (Cuckoo, Catastrophe, Raised By Wolves) is taking the director’s chair.
Production is expected to start soon, at some point in Spring 2018. We’ll keep you posted as images, clips, trailers and release date news start popping up on the web.
Anderson can also be seen in the feature film The Spy Who Dumped Me, which is coming to UK cinemas on August 10th, 2018.