Netflix medical drama Pulse lands Willa Fitzgerald in lead role (everything we know so far)

Find out everything we know about the upcoming first medical drama from Netflix, Pulse, starring Justina Machado and Willa Fitzgerald.
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Get ready for a pulse-pounding addition to your Netflix watchlist! Following in the successful footsteps of Grey's Anatomy, Netflix is set to launch its very own medical drama, Pulse, starring the talented Justina Machado. Pulse, created by the brilliant Zoe Robyn and executive-produced by Carlton Cuse, promises to be the perfect prescription for fans craving a mix of gripping medical cases and sizzling office romances.

If you've been hooked on the drama and adrenaline rushes of Grey's Anatomy, Pulse is about to become your next binge-worthy obsession. Miami’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center becomes the stage where medical emergencies unfold, and in the midst of it all, young ER doc Dani Simms finds herself promoted to Chief Resident amidst the sizzle of her own romantic entanglements.

If you're curious about the upcoming series and want to learn more about Pulse, then you're in the right place! Join us as we spill all the beans on Pulse – from its stellar cast and gripping synopsis to the much-anticipated release date and more! Without further ado, let's scrub in and dive deep into the new medical drama!

What is Pulse about?

Pulse will take you on a thrilling ride through the palm-lined streets of Miami, Florida, immersing you in the whirlwind lives of medical professionals battling both scalpel-sharp medical challenges and the complexities of their own hearts. According to Netflix's Media Center, the official longline for the series reads:

"While the staff of Miami’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center navigate medical emergencies, young ER doc Dani Simms is unexpectedly promoted to Chief Resident amidst the fallout of her own provocative romantic relationship."

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Who stars in Pulse?

Justina Machado
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The first star to be cast in the medical drama as a series regular is none other than the talented Justina Machado, known for The Horror Of Dolores Roach, Law & Order, Lopez vs. Lopez, and Switched Before Birth.

She will portray, Natalie Cruz, a "brilliant and politically-savvy doctor, who oversees both administration and medicine in her role as the Chair of Surgery and Emergency Medicine."

On March 14, Deadline revealed that Netflix had also cast The Fall of the House of Usher star Willa Fitzgerald in the series along with Colin Woodell of The Flight Attendant fame.

Willa Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald plays a third-year resident named Danielle "Danny" Simms whose "brash and self-sabotaging nature disrupts her personal and professional life." Woodell has been cast as Xander Phillips, the Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine. The series will explore the dynamic between Xander and Danny, as the pair are romantically entangled but their relationship might put their careers in jeopardy.

The latest buzz is that as of February 2024, the upcoming medical drama has stepped into the pre-production stage, with cameras set to begin rolling on March 25, 2024, and wrapping up sometime in August this year.

Now, for the burning question: when will Pulse find its way to our Netflix screens? Well, at this time, the release date has yet to be revealed. With plans to finish up production in August, our best bet is that Pulse will debut on Netflix sometime in 2025. It might be a bit of a wait, but trust us, the drama, romance, and medical marvels of Pulse will be well worth it!

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