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)
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?