It goes without saying that we were delighted to hear that Netflix would be airing more episodes of Black Mirror, the surreal anthology series from the mind of Charlie Brooker. Every episode features an entirely new cast and storyline, with the level of star power increasing with every episode, and judging by the choice of casting for the first episode, it won’t disappoint.
First to be confirmed is Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Having garnered substantial acclaim for her performance in Belle, she will likely be most familiar to sci-fi fans for her recurring role in Tim Kring’s Touch as Clea Hopkins, as well as showing up in Jupiter Ascending. More excitingly, she is also heavily rumoured to be starring in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and while nothing has been confirmed as yet, it seems that her star is very much on the rise, with her casting in Black Mirror being the latest indication of this.
Also confirmed is Mackenzie Davis, who first came to many people’s attentions in the Golden Globe-nominated The Martian, and has also starred in What If, That Awkward Moment and Breathe In. In terms of pure likability there’s few actors around like her, and it’s great to see her get some more prominent roles.
Lastly, a director has also been confirmed in the form of Owen Harris. Most recently the direction of the Nicholas Hoult-starring film adaptation of John Niven’s Kill Your Friends, he has prior Black Mirror experience, having directed ‘Be Right Back’, starring Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson. Charlie Brooker has written the episode, as well as serving as executive producer alongside Annabel Jones (who has also produced the majority of Brooker’s other shows).
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