The 10-part Philip K Dick TV series Electric Dreams has started production, and the first set of casting has been announced.
Filming has begun on ‘The Commuter,’ which will star the great Timothy Spall (Secrets And Lies, Harry Potter, Mr Turner), and is written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, The Fades). It’s directed by Tom Harper, who’s worked on Peaky Blinders and War And Peace.
Spall will play “Ed Jacobson, an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. When he investigates for himself, he comes face to face with an alternate reality that forces him to confront his own struggles around his relationship with his wife Mary (Rebecca Manley – This is England, The Moorside) and his very troubled son Sam (Anthony Boyle –Harry Potter And The Cursed Child).”
The episode’s excellent cast also includes: “Rudi Dharmalingham (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) as fellow train station employee Bob Paine, Tuppence Middleton (War & Peace, Sense8) as the mysterious Linda, Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax) as Martine Jenkins, Ann Akin (Crackanory) as Dr. Simpson, as well as BAFTA Award nominee Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake), Tom Brooke (Preacher), Nicole Agada, Marko Leht, Matthew Raymond and Naveed Khan.”
So that’s a pretty amazing line-up, and that’s just for one episode.
Casting for the rest of the series has yet to be confirmed by the roster of writers is hugely impressive. In addition to Thorne, there will be episodes by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas), , Matthew Graham (Life On Mars, Doctor Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim).
Electric Dreams will air on Channel 4 later this year and will be available on Amazon in the US.
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