The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski and showrunner, J. Michael Straczynski have just announced the cast and storyline for their Netflix Original Series, Sense8, courtesy of Deadline.
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.
It’s been a fairly tight-lipped production thus far but Straczynski did stop by Blip TV to talk a little about the show’s creation and working with Andy and Lana.
The cool thing about working with the Wachowskis’ – when they did The Matrix, they didn’t want to make a film like anything you’d ever seen before. The Matrix created a whole new cinematic language. They said, ‘If we’re going to do television, we have to do the same thing.’ So we’re pioneering some new technology and new approaches in television storytelling – shooting all around the world – it’s quite extraordinary.
The show’s production spans nine locations: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi.
Top L-R: Brian J. Smith/MGM, Tuppence Middleton/Faye Thomas, Max Riemelt/Stefan Kluter, Miguel Silvestre/Vanity Fair Espana. Bottom L-R: Jamie Clayton/Alexandra Billing, Doona Bae/Fox Searchlight, Aml Ameen/Fayesvision, Tena Desae, 20th Century Fox
Here’s some info on the actors playing the 8, courtesy of Cinema Blend.
Brian J. Smith is an American actor who’s had appearances in Defiance, Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. He also played Max Harding on Gossip Girl and Lt. Matthew Scott on Stargate Universe.
Tuppence Middleton is a U.K. actress with ties to the Wachowskis already, courtesy of a role in their upcoming feature film Jupiter Ascending. She’s also appeared in the 2013 film Trance and The Love Punch, and has a role in Morten Tyldum’s upcoming film The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Max Riemelt is from Germany thus has mostly German credits, including an appearance in a TV show called The Last Cop, and films Forgotten, The Fourth State, Before the Fall and The Wave.
Miguel Angel Silvestre hails from Spain, so most of his credits are Spanish movies and TV shows, including Spanish TV series Velvet, as well as films Dark Impulse, All is Silence and Scorpion in Love.
Jamie Clayton is an America actor and her credits are limited to a handful of roles, most of which are on the small screen. She was in two episodes of Hung in Season 3, and she co-hosted VH1′s makeover series TRANSform Me. She also appeared in Are We There Yet? for one episode.
Doona Bae also has ties to the Wachowskis’ not only with a part in Jupiter Ascending, but also Cloud Atlas. Bae hails from South Korea and her credits include the 2006 horror film The Host and Korean TV shows God of Study and Gloria.
British actor Aml Ameen has a substantial list of credits, which includes roles in Harry’s Law, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Red Tails and coming up, the role of Alby in the feature adaptation of The Maze Runner.
Indian actress Tena Desae got her start in Bollywood with Yeh Faasley, and then in 2011 she took the role of Sunaina in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She’s on board to reprise that role in the sequel.
Sense8 began filming in Chicago and is expected to wrap its global shoot in early November with plans to premiere on Netflix early 2015.