“Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker told IndieWire that he doesn’t see them running out of stories to tell anytime soon. “If you look around at the moment, we’re living in a ‘Black Mirror’ world,” he said. “The challenge is staying ahead of how weird and crazy the real world is becoming.”
Season 3 of the anthology series promises to do just that with six new episodes, each stand-alone story a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Ahead of its release, Netflix shared two featurettes that take a closer look at the first two episodes, “Nosedive” and “Playtest.”
There’s no doubt that technology has transformed all aspects of our lives, with people using social media to show their “perfect” lives and comparing themselves to others. “Nosedive” is co-written by Rashida Jones and Michael Schur and stars Bryce Dallas Howard as a woman who is trying to please everyone. The episode is “a satire on acceptance and the image of ourselves we like to portray and project to others,” explains Brooker in the clip below.
“Playtest” is a video-game themed “techno-horror romp.” Wyatt Russell stars as a traveling thrill-seeker who throws himself into every experience. He soon gets in over his head when he gets involved in a gaming company.
Aside from Howard and Russell, the third season also features an all-star cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Kelly, Alice Eve, James Norton, Cherry Jones, Alex Lawther, Jerome Flyn, and Mackenzie Davis, among others. Serving as directors are Joe Wright (“Atonement”), Dan Trachtenberg (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), James Watkins (“The Woman in Black”), Owen Harris, Jacob Verbruggen (“London Spy”) and James Hawes.
Season 3 of “Black Mirror” premieres October 21 on Netflix.