So many of Philip K Dick’s novels have made it to the screen in one way or another. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, Minority Report, The Man In The High Castle, A Scanner Darkly – the list goes on and on, and we’re not even including the ones that haven’t worked out so well. Yet these represent just a fraction of his fictional output: he wrote numerous short stories, most of which haven’t come anywhere close to an adaptation. Until now, as the previously shelved anthology series Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K Dick is back on, having cast its first actor, and it’s a big coup: Bryan Cranston.
The man needs no introduction, the former Malcolm In The Middle star’s career having taken off big time after his iconic role in Breaking Bad, and it’s good to see that the show has his calibre of talent on board. There’s no word on who he’s playing yet (or which stories are being adapted, for that matter), but it’s nice to see him involved. And he seems excited too: “This is an electric dream come true,” said Cranston. “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”
As well as starring, Cranston will co-produce the series alongside Ronald Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Isa Dick Hackett (The Adjustment Bureau) and Michael Dinner (Justified), with Moore saying of Cranston’s casting in a press release: “As a longtime fan of Philip K Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honour and thrill to be part of this series. His short stories are a treasure trove of material for artists to draw from, and I think this will be a very exciting project.”
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