Netflix are certainly building up their reputation as a serious distributor of some excellent television. Whether it's the likes House Of Cards, Hemlock Grove or Orange Is The New Black or even dabbling into Marvel territory with the upcoming Daredevil series, they've now turned their attention to something a little more ambitious too.
Sense8, a ten part series by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) has been described as a "gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted" and will be written in the style that audiences of Straczynski are familiar with. With a cast of fourteen members, the show will also be filmed in various locations around the world. Among the cast is former Doctor Who companion, Freema Agyeman in one of the many roles that have not been disclosed yet.
Joining Agyeman are Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Darryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vols 1 & 2, Splash), Naveen Andrews (Lost, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland). The rest of the cast are made of Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera and Erendira Ibarra as well as Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann to name a few. None of the characters roles have actually been disclosed as of now.
The series came about as both Andy and Lana Wachowski had a late night discussion about how technology unites and divides people and out of that paradox, the series Sense8 was seemingly created. Straczynski meanwhile has confirmed that he hopes the show will run for at least four or five seasons. Filming back in June 2014 with locations such as Chicago, San Francisco, London, Mumbai, Berlin, Iceland, Seoul, Mexico City and Nairobi being earmarked for locations.
It certainly sounds like an extremely ambitious project and with a wealth of talent on this, I will be surprised if Sense8 isn't one of the most talked about new shows within the next year. Having characters mentally linked to each other is certainly an interesting selling point as well, considering the locations that are being used for the series. This definitely seems like a series I can see myself getting into next year.
Press Release: http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/netflix-wachowski-series-sense8-cast-naveen-andrews-darryl-hannah/
Sense8 will be available on Netflix in 2015.