Soulmates: Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman & more join AMC anthology series
AMC has added four new cast members to join in their upcoming new series titled Soulmates which hails from Black Mirror writer Will Bridges. Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton and Malin Akerman (Billions) have signed on along with Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and JJ Feild (Turn) to star in the six-part episodic anthology drama that will explore the nature of romantic love. They will be joining the previously announced cast that includes Sarah Snook (Succession), David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Billions) and Sonya Cassidy (Lodge 49).
Soulmates will be taking place 15 years from now when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a way to find your soul mate. The series uses the sci-fi conceit to tell six provocative stories about the cost of finding true love, all different in tone and featuring a spectrum of people and relationships.
Heaton and Akerman will star together in one of the episodes, portraying the roles of Kurt and Martha. Heaton’s character is described as a big-hearted man, who is lost after the discovery that his soulmate is dead and finds faith and opportunity in the arms of a church, which helps those whose soulmates have already passed on. While Akerman’s Martha is a character who has bounced from bad relationship to bad relationship but is now putting her trust in the test and the same church.
Joining Heaton and Akerman’s episodes are Joe Anderson (Brave New World) and Steven Mackintosh (Rocketman), playing the roles of a heartbroken and suicidal man named Travis and Brother Samson.
In a later episode, Brandt will play Caitlin, a push-over who, after discovering her soulmate, starts to finally stand up for herself. Joining Brandt are Feild as Nathan, who has a dark side and decides to share it when he meets his match Caitlin; and Tom Goodman-Hill, as Doug, Caitlin’s dependable and dependably unromantic boyfriend.
Executive producers/writers/creators Bridges and Brett Goldstein previously created the short film “For Life,” which serves as the basis for this original series. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships.
Soulmates is created by Emmy-Award winning writer Will Bridges (Black Mirror episodes “USS Callister” and “Shut Up and Dance”) and Brett Goldstein (Superbob, Adult Life Skills) who will also serve as executive producers along with Fearless Minds’ Jolyon Symonds. Directors for the series include Rob Savage (Britannia), who directs multiple episodes, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Andrea Harkin and Bridges.
The series is a production by AMC Studios which is slated for a 2020 debut.
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