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Sprawling Cast Unveiled For The Wachowski’s Netflix Sci-Fi Show ‘Sense8’; Plot Details Emerge

Sprawling Cast Unveiled For The Wachowski’s Netflix Sci-Fi Show ‘Sense8’; Plot Details Emerge

Are the Wachowsksi siblings over or in trouble? Does the bumping of their next sci-fi blockbuster, “Jupiter Ascending” – which was recently delayed from a prime summer slot, to a less admired February release – mean they’re headed for another flop?

That would mean three in a row, right? “Speed Racer” certainly wasn’t a hit, “Cloud Atlas” didn’t exactly light up the box-office and now “Jupiter Ascending” and its release date shift doesn’t bode well. This is a conversation (semi-argument) that Playlister Kevin Jagernauth and I are constantly having: how many flops are the siblings going to be allowed before someone puts the kibosh on their big expensive spectacles. Kevin’s take is here (he contends they may be in trouble or at least raises the possibility). I’m more of the mind that Hollywood isn’t risk averse. The mentality is always go big or go home and you can’t make a billion if you don’t spend $200 million. Ergo: “hey, maybe there’s another ‘Matrix’ in one of these crazy ideas!” (aka a $1.6 billion dollar franchise). And so I don’t see anyone not giving them money for a big project any time soon (though it has already happened to some degree: Warner Bros. didn’t want to foot the bill for “Cloud Atlas” so they only distributed it).

Thus yes, they have another project in the works and casting has been unveiled. Granted, it’s not a movie, and maybe because this kind of sprawling narrative has moved into the domain of television where filmmakers can take a grand storytelling idea and really expand it to its fullest potential (and the creators clearly saw the financial and creative landscape changing anyhow).

So, in case you’ve forgotten, the show is called “Sense8,” it’s 10 episodes that will appear on Netflix and it and was created and conceived by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski— a versatile writer who has worked in comics, TV, radio and film and has had a hand in (or totally conceived of) projects like “Babylon 5,” Clint Eastwood‘s “Changeling,” “World War Z,” and “Thor” to name a few.

A big diverse international cast is taking shape “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and “Stargate Universe” actor Brian J. Smith have joined the cast along with up and coming British actress Tuppence Middleton (who also has a role in “Jupiter Ascending”), Freema Agyeman (“Dr.Who”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas“), Aml Ameen (“The Maze Runner,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Tena Desae, Miguel Silvestri, Terrence Mann, and Jamie Clayton.

Netflix describes it as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” But further plot details have emerged. “Sense8” is about eight individuals scattered across the globe who find themselves inexplicably linked after a tragic event. Suddenly, their minds are linked, allowing them to communicate directly with one another, while also sharing their deepest and darkest secrets to the entire group.

The show is supposed to debut in late 2014 or early 2015 and Straczynski, says he sees the show going on for five seasons. He and the Wachowskis will all act as showrunners. [Deadline]

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I love the matrix movies, v for vendetta as well as speed racer. This will be interesting.


I loved Cloud Atlas and I still think its gonna be sort of a cult favorite in years to come. Sense8 seems really cool on paper and they very well might pull it off, at least creatively. Looking forward to see who's directing the episodes..


don't use the r word people, it' just mean.

(accept apologies in advance, no time to check spell/grammarr in above sentence)


Well, I happened to like Cloud Atlas, The Matrix, and V so I'm looking forward to Sense8. It sounds like it has a little bit of Heroes vibe, especially with the global nature of the story. Very happy to see them hiring actual international actors and film in the countries they are portraying. Netflix is on a roll.

Let's all calm down here, now, people.

I think two facts can be discerned from this post:

1. Playlist writers (and Indiewire as a whole) are clearly barely literate, movie-loving twenty-something bloggers with laptops who appoint themselves jobs straight out of Trade Tech College.

2. No one knows the correct spelling of "Jeebus".

That is all.

See What I Did There? At The End? It's Cause You're A Dick.

Cry Baby Face, are you retarded?

Jesus Christ, if I wanted to split up my "Jebus" from the rest of the sentence I would – but the point is that you make an exclamation and follow it up with your opinion, like "Holy f**k, what an idiot!"

It's written in an imitation of how you would say it in conversation with someone. Go back to school, one word sentences are for people who have no idea how to criticise, so they insult instead of informing. Dick.

Cry baby face

Fail. You should be using a full stop after "Jebus" and a capital H on your how.

Go back to school.

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