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Sandra Oh returns to school with her new role in Netflix’s ‘The Chair’

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It was love at first sight with her as Vice Principal Gupta, then came the formidable Cristina Yang with the BDE of the century. Now, while we wait for her homoerotic return as Eve in Killing Eve, Sandra Oh has signed onto a new project, Netflix's latest offering, The Chair. Where Oh will star as the first woman of color in a male-dominated field.

Everything you need to know about the upcoming project, below.


What is the plot of The Chair?

Created by Amanda Peet, The Chair is comprised of six 30 minute episodes that follow a Canadian professor, Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (played by Oh), who has acquired the prestigious role of chair of the English Department at Pembroke University.

The series' synopsis reads "Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university." aiming to follow Kim's journey as she navigates what her role means to her.

In an image released by Netflix via Twitter, a mocked-up newspaper article announces Professor Kim's hiring. Back to school for Oh!


Who else has been cast?

Joining Oh, will be Holland Taylor (what an absolute dream) who will play the role of Joan Hambling, Ji-Yoon's honest friend. Alongside Taylor will be Nana Mensah (Bonding), Bob Balaban (The Politician) Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project),and Everly Carganilla (Yes Day) who is set to star as Ji-Yoon’s daughter.

What is the release date?

Netflix, luckily, has no intention of making us wait very long, announcing that The Chair is set to premiere on August 27, 2021. There is no trailer thus far, but we will surely see a sneak peek soon enough. Time to renew your subscription!

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