SXSW attendees this weekend had been handled to the world premiere of Showtime’s new sci-fi collection, The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as an alien who involves Earth in hopes of saving the individuals on his residence planet. The community adopted up that premiere by releasing a sneak peek on the pilot episode’s first 5 minutes.
As we reported beforehand, the brand new TV collection relies on the traditional 1963 novel by Walter Tevis, which already spawned an iconic 1973 movie adaptation that includes rock star David Bowie because the titular alien. Developed and written by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, it started as a mission for Hulu earlier than transferring to CBS All Entry (which has since been absorbed into Paramount+). Showtime will air the collection within the US, with Paramount+ carrying it internationally. Per the official logline, “The Man Who Fell to Earth will observe a brand new alien character (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning level in human evolution and should confront his personal previous to find out our future.”
The TV adaptation introduces some clear deviations from the supply materials, beginning with Ejiofor’s character, an alien named Faraday. Invoice Nighy performs Thomas Jerome Newton, the character Bowie performed. (He even sports activities an analogous dashing hat.) Naomie Harris co-stars as Justin Falls, described as “an excellent scientist and engineer who should conquer her personal demons within the race to avoid wasting two worlds.” She has a younger son who bonds with Faraday. The solid additionally contains Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson as Spencer Clay; Rob Delaney as Hatch Flood; Sonya Cassidy as Edie Flood; Joana Ribeiro as Lisa Dominguez; Annelle Olaleye as Molly Falls; Josh Herdman as Terry; and Kate Mulgrew as Drew Finch.
The official trailer dropped final month and targeted on Faraday making Justin’s acquaintance. The primary 5 minutes present us Faraday presumably a lot later into his tenure on Earth. He has turn out to be a tech billionaire within the vein of Steve Jobs, thanks (one presumes) to patenting a few of that candy alien know-how. (That is actually how Thomas amassed his wealth within the novel and 1973 movie, in hopes of utilizing the funds to construct spaceships to move his individuals.)
The opening 5 minutes are principally the equal of an Apple showcase occasion, culminating with Faraday introducing a mysterious black dice. Ejiofor is pitch-perfect as he delivers his speech about adapting to outlive, climbing out of a gap, and so forth, which the viewers appears to assume is a metaphor. However these scenes are intercut with flashbacks of Faraday’s fiery arrival, the place he actually does placed on a brand new pores and skin and claw his approach out of a deep gap. We even get a short glimpse of yellow reptilian alien eyes gazing out of the darkness.
The Man Who Fell to Earth drops April 24, 2022 on Showtime within the US and on Paramount+ internationally. Colour us curious to see how Kurtzman and Lumet have reimagined this iconic piece of science fiction for the twenty first century.
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