USA’s Brave New World adaptation enlists Jessica Brown Findlay
TVLine has brought word that USA Network’s upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi novel Brave New World has found its female lead in Downton Abbey and Harlots alum Jessica Brown Findlay, who has signed on to star alongside Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones).
The series was originally set for adaptation at SYFY with Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor (Happy!) attached as the showrunners and writers, but the series moved to USA and added Homecoming writer David Wiener to the crew as the showrunner.
Findlay has signed on to star as Lenina Crowne, a Beta Plus Hatchery worker who questions her social class in the harmonious New World who sets off on a vacation with Lloyd’s Bernard Marx to the Savage Lands, which is in the middle of a violent rebellion and is rescued and escorted back to New London by Ehrenreich’s John the Savage, whose presence threatens to upend the society.
Owen Harris will executive produce and direct the pilot for the series while Taylor and Morrison will executive produce the series and the former will remain on as a consultant. Amblin Entertainment is still attached to produce the project alongside Universal Content Productions.
Considered one of the most influential genre classics of all time and named fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, the 1931 novel looks 632 years into the future and anticipates new developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.
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