This Weekend on Netflix

(Above: ‘Marianne.’ Source: Netflix)

Netflix will drop several new titles this weekend, including a mystery (The I-Land), a crime drama (Top Boy), a horror thriller (Marianne) and a comedy (Tall Girl).

The I-Land, which debuts today, September 12, is an adventure with a premise suggesting Lost meets Survivor.

Ten people find themselves mysteriously deposited on a treacherous island. The strangers have no memory of who they are or how they got there. Determined to get back home, they must deal with all sorts of physical and psychological challenges, for things on the I-Land are not what they seem.

The cast includes Natalie Martinez, Kate Bosworth and Ronald Peet.

The limited series consists of seven episodes.

On Friday, September 13, will venture further into the realm of drama, horror and comedy with the following:

Top Boy. This crime series, which first broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 in 2011, follows a group of drug dealers and street gangs in the fictional Summerhouse housing estate in Hackney, East London. The show aired two four-episode seasons before Channel 4 dropped it in 2014. Thanks, in part, to interest from rapper Drake, who now has an executive producer credit, Netflix is reviving Top Boy for a 10-episode third season.

Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson head the cast.

Marianne. This eight-episode French production stars Victoria Du Bois as Emma, a famous horror writer whose dreams and stories are inspired by a witch. When she returns to her hometown, she finds that Marianne exists in the real world. The cast also includes Lucie Boujenah and Tiphaine Daviot. In French, with English subtitles.

Tall Girl. At six feet, one inch, Jodi (Ava Michelle) is the tallest girl in her high school. Painfully self-conscious and subjected to relentless teasing, she “finally decides to find the confidence to stand tall.” The cast of this 102-minute comedy includes Griffin Gluck as Jodi’s best friend, and Luke Eisner as a handsome and equally tall Swedish foreign exchange student. Steve Zahn plays Jodi’s dad.

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