When we first heard that Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror was getting an extended third season courtest of Netflix, we have to say that we were pretty happy. After a mixed start, the series has gradually grown from strength to strength, culminating in the excellent festive special, ‘White Christmas’. Now, we finally have an official air date for the six-episode third season: mark the date ’21 October’ down in your diaries, folks.
And that’s not all. While the odd director and cast member has been revealed here and there, we haven’t had any word as to which episodes they would feature in, or who with. Now, we have this information to, which is as follows:
- ‘San Junipero’, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending) and Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends).
- ‘Shut Up And Dance’, starring Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game), directed by James Watkins (The Woman In Black).
- ‘Nosedive’, starring Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Norton (War & Peace), directed by Joe Wright (Atonement).
- ‘Men Against Fire’, starring Michael Kelly (House Of Cards), Malachi Kirby (Roots) and Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove), directed by Jakob Verbruggen (Code 37).
- ‘Hated in the Nation’, starring Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), directed by James Hawes (Penny Dreadful).
- ‘Playtest’, starring Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).
So as you can see, a pretty wide array of talent is involved, which definitely has to bode well for the series. Particularly eye-catching are previously unannounced cast members like Kelly MacDonald and Jerome Flynn, as the already confirmed likes of Bryce Dallas Howard, Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. As long as the ideas match the talent of the cast (which we’re sure they will), then the signs are good.
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