While their latest blockbuster has been put on hold, sci-fi mavericks the Waschowski siblings are busy at work preparing their Netflix original series Sense8. Deadline reported the casting of fourteen actors for the series, and Entertainment Weekly confirmed those roles.
The 14 cast members are from countries around the world, as the sprawling 10-episode series looks at eight core people who become linked telepathically in the wake of a death. Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, and Brian J. Smith were the biggest stars announced to be taking part in the show. Other cast members include the British actors Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman, South Korean actress Doona Bae, Indian actress Tena Desae, German actor Max Riemelt, Mexican actors Alfonso Herrera and Erendira Ibarra, as well as Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre, and Terrence Mann.
The show’s co-runner J. Michael Straczynski gave Deadline some more details about the plot: “The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill, or vivisect them.”
Deadline said that the central eight cast members would be Smith, Middleton, Ameen, Bae, Silvestre, Desae, Riemelt, and Clayton. The show will shoot across nine locations on four different continents; Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City, and Nairobi.
Sense8 is shaping up to be a pretty ambitious endeavor, but Netflix’s willingness to take risks has resulted in great success for its original programming, including the acclaimed series’ House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Sense8 is expected to premiere on Netflix, likely in its entirety, sometime in 2015.
The Wachowskis’ upcoming film Jupiter Ascending was recently pushed back from a July 18 release date all the way until February 6 of next year, due to the film’s need for more special effects work. Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis as a down-on-her-luck woman named Jupiter Jones who lives in Chicago cleaning houses for a living when she’s sought out by Caine, an intergalactic warrior played by Channing Tatum, who reveals her true genetic fate as the rightful inheritor of Earth. Of course, there are some bad guys looking to make sure Jupiter can’t make her rightful claim to the planet.
Siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski are best known for being the creators of the beloved science fiction franchise The Matrix. The siblings haven’t written their own screenplays since completing The Matrix trilogy, so with the duo returning to writing for both Jupiter Ascending and Sense8, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the filmmakers and science fiction fans.
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