Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen & more join Brave New World
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming USA Network adaptation of the Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World has expanded its cast with the additions of Game Night‘s Kylie Bunbury, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s Hannah John-Kamen, Origin‘s Sen Mitsuji, The Originals‘ Joseph Morgan and Killing Eve‘s Nina Sosanya in series regular roles.
The new stars join the previously cast Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Harlots).
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.
Bunbury is set to play Frannie, Lenina’s best friend who also embraces her Beta Plus conditioning and the New London Order. John-Kamen is set to portray Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson, a hedonistic artist and New London’s premier maker of Feelies. Mitsuji will star as Henry Foster, an Alpha plus who works alongside Bernard as a counselor at The Bureau of Stability. Morgan is set to star as CJack60, an Epsilon relegated to physical, tedious jobs and is deeply impacted after witnessing a horrifying incident. Sosanya will portray Mustafa Mond, a World Controller responsible for maintaining New London’s social structure and utopian promise.
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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