Last year it was announced that the The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor, Underworld Awakening) would be teaming up with Netflix to develop a new series called Sense8. Up to this point all that we've know about the show is that it was developed from a conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us." It's also been described as "a gripping tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”
Thanks to Deadline, we now have a lot more information on the ten episode series, including the large cast and details on the plot.
Naveen Andrews (Lost), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) are among a 14-member international cast. As for the story, the following information comes from Straczynski, who is the showrunner:
“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.”
I love the concept, and it sounds like it has the makings of a pretty radical series! I see a lot of awesome potential here, and I hope they are able to pull it off.
The rest of the cast that will fill the roles in the story include British actors Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, The Butler), and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Indian actress Tena Desae (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), South Korean actress Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending), German actor Max Riemelt (Free Fall), Mexican actors Alfonso Herrera (Volverte a Ver) and Eréndira Ibarra (El Diez), and Spanish actor Miguel Silvestre (I'm So Excited!), as well as Americans Jamie Clayton (Hung) and Terrence Mann (The Dresden Files).
I've got some enthusiasm built up in me for this show, and I'm interested to see how it develops from here.