Final Cast Announced For ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ – Bryan Cranston, Liam Cunningham, Essie Davie, Maura Tierney & Annalise Basso
Over the past few months, Channel 4’s new anthology series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams‘ has been putting together an impressive list of cast members. This latest announcement completes principal casting, and also give us a synopsis of the final two episodes of the show.
Essie Davis (Game of Thrones, The White Princess, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) will star opposite Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner and Academy Award nominee Bryan Cranston in the episode titled ‘Human Is’. This episode also features Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as General Olin along with Ruth Bradley (Humans, The Fall) as Yaro.
In ‘Human Is’, a woman suffering in a loveless marriage (Davis) finds that upon his return from battle, her emotionally abusive husband (Cranston) suddenly appears to be a different man – in more ways than one. This episode cuts to the heart of Philip K. Dick’s core concern – what, truly, defines us as human? ‘Human Is’ was written by Jessica Mecklenburg (Huff, Stranger Things) and directed by Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel, Tanner Hall).
Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Cold) and Maura Tierney (The Affair, The Good Wife, ER) will star in the episode titled ‘Safe & Sound’.
In ‘Safe and Sound’, a small-town girl (Basso), already gripped with social anxiety, moves to a big futuristic city with her mother (Tierney). Exposed for the first time to urban society’s emphasis on security and terrorism prevention, it isn’t long before her school days are consumed by fear and paranoia. She soon finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places. Safe & Sound is written by Kalen Egan (The Man In The High Castle) & Travis Sentell (Believer with Reza Aslan) and directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys).
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series featuring pointed, thrilling stand-alone episodes each inspired by Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories as adapted by leading British and American writers including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Skins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
The series features an all-star cast including Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Boss Baby), Greg Kinnear (Heaven is For Real, As Good As It Gets), Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing, World War Z), Anna Paquin (True Blood, the X-Men films), Terrence Howard (Empire, Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella), Holiday Grainger (The Finest Hours, Cinderella), Mel Rodriguez (Last Man on Earth, Getting On, Little Miss Sunshine), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Departed), Jack Reynor (Macbeth, Free Fire, Jungle Book), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, The Martian, Top Boy), Geraldine Chaplin (A Monster Calls, Doctor Zhivago), and Bryan Cranston who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams‘ was commissioned by Channel 4, who will air the series later this year in the for UK, and by Amazon Prime Video who will air it the US.
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