The Wachowskis Assemble a Huge Cast for Their Netflix Science Fiction Series, Sense8
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The Wachowskis Assemble a Huge Cast for Their Netflix Science Fiction Series, 'Sense8'

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | June 21, 2014 | Comments ()


It’s a sprawling science fiction story with an international cast, but the Wachowski’s next project isn’t headed to the theater — rather, to your living room. In collaboration with Netflix and witer J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Babylon 5, World War Z, The Twilight Zone), Sense 8 follows eight telepathically connected strangers who experience a shared vision. After their sudden psychic link-up, the eight (each located in different countries) are able to see and talk to each other with their minds. As they try to figure out how and why the event happened, a “mysterious” man tries to bring the group together, while another — the intriguingly named “Mr. Whispers,” seeks to kill them. A previous run-down of the characters include: “A closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger,” and the revealed cast includes:

Daryl Hannah and Lost’s Naveen Andrews


Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Carrie Diaries)

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Tuppence Middleton (Trance, Jupiter Ascending) and Brian J. Smith (Defiance, Stargate Universe)


Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas, The Host) and Aml Ameen (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)


And Max Riemelt, Tena Desae, Miguel Silvestri, Terrence Mann, Erendira Ibarra, Alfonso Herrera and Jamie Clayton.

The Wachowskis began filming Sense8 this week in San Francisco; shooting will continue for three weeks, and incorporate the city’s annual Dyke March, June 28th. Filming will also take place in London; Berlin; Seoul, South Korea; Iceland; Mexico City; Nairobi and Mumbai; Straczynski and the Wachowskis have already plotted the global tale which will span five to six seasons.

Is anyone else already feeling overwhelmed?

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  • narfna

    Overwhelmed, no. Excited, YES. JMS on TV again is something I definitely need.

  • dreamlife613

    Feeling overwhelmed? No. I've been waiting for an update on this series for a long time. I was starting to worry it had been dropped since when it was announced they indicated a 2014 premiere. The cast looks great!

  • Sean Van Damme

    I'm indifferent to the Wachowskis after their last few movies, but I'm always onboard for JMS and sci-fi I'll give it a go.

  • Annapurna

    I love the Wachowskis films! Can't wait for this one.

  • Brady

    Sounds incredible. The Wachowskis teaming up with the creator of Babylon 5? Filming in NINE countries? Incredibly ambitious, and worth checking out.

  • Stephen Nein

    JMS - Good.
    Wachawhosits - Bad.

    Could go either way. Straz-kinks doesn't always have a golden touch, although B5 was planned and very gold. He has the eye for story detail and depth that the W siblings (mostly) haven't since The Matrix. Since he's writing & producing, he's worked within an independent TV series before, and Andy & Lana are only producing . . I give it even odds.

  • John G.

    That's really weird. I wrote almost an identical story 10 years ago, never published it anywhere and just forgot about it until now.

  • William Castle Thunder

    Like every Wachowski vehicle*, this sounds like it will be alternately thrilling and eye roll-inducing (and sometimes both at once).

    *Except Bound. That was primarily thrilling.

  • Lord Inferno

    “A closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger,”

    ... all walk into a bar...

  • BWeaves

    Oh look, beautiful people. I guess none of the ESPers look like Kathy Bates.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Don't be ridiculous, everyone knows only super hot people get ESP.

  • BWeaves

    Sadly, I did not know you were going to say that.

  • I did.

  • e jerry powell

    Here's me hoping that they dykes haven't been notified, because the last thing we need is production being held up by dozens of videobombers.

  • stella

    Yay Naveen Andrews! Just dont cut your hair please.

  • dreamlife613

    And please be as badass as Sayid

  • HelloLongBeach

    I hope the transgendered blogger is female to male transitioning. That would be unexpected and I think very interesting coming from a transgendered woman's POV, but it's probably Daryl Hannah. All in all this sounds like it'll be some crappy made for tv movie adaptation of a Stephen King book. I'm in!!

  • _Alexander_

    I approve of this. Although I kinda wish Natalie Dormer was in it as the one trying to kill them

  • googergieger

    I have a feeling It'll be great because everything else sucks. But yeah I'll still watch it.

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