If there's one thing shows about the dark side of sports have taught audiences, it's that it's easy for athletes to spin out of control. Well, in Netflix's Spinning Out trailer, it looks like this fact will be taken very literally. The new series follows elite figure skater Kat Baker (The Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario) who wants to end her career after an injury. However, she reconsiders when she gets the opportunity to compete in a pairs competition alongside resident bad boy Justin (Arrow's Evan Roderick). Per Netflix's official synopsis, "She soon realizes that in order to chase her skating dreams, she’ll have to overcome fractured family relationships, a rocky partnership, and personal demons that threaten to derail everything she’s worked for."
The stakes get even higher once you throw in Kat's overbearing and emotionally abusive mom Carol, who's played by Mad Men's January Jones. In the trailer, she has the terrifying line, "You were perfect, but now when I look at you, all I see is wasted potential. You’ll never be a champion.”
Kat's younger sister Serena (Willow Shields, who fans will recognize from The Hunger Games) may get all the praise from Carol, but that doesn't deter Kat from sticking it out on the ice. "Skating’s like breathing,” she says. “I can’t imagine not doing it. And if I stopped, it’d feel like drowning.”
The Spinning Out trailer is filled with dramatic moments, including a hint of a deep, dark secret in Kat's past. It all contributes to the trailer's intense thriller tone and gives it some major Black Swan vibes. But it isn't all dark and disturbing. One of the series' guest stars is the ray of sunshine in human form known as Jonathan Van Ness. The Queer Eye star will play Bruce, a former skater turned choreographer. It's the perfect role for Van Ness, who has made his love of figure skating very clear on his Instagram. He joins a cast that's rounded out by Amanda Zhou, Will Kemp, Svetlana Efremova, Mitchell Edwards, Sarah Wright Olsen, David James Elliott, Kaitlyn Leeb, and figure skating legend Johnny Weir.
All 10 episodes of Spinning Out's Season 1 drop on Wednesday, Jan. 1, on Netflix.