Eli Goree to star in Westworld creators’ Amazon series The Peripheral
Coming off of the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated historical drama, One Night in Miami star Eli Goree has found his next big project as one of the leading role in Amazon’s series adaptation of The Peripheral from Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, according to Deadline.
Goree is set to portray the role of Conner, who is Burton’s friend from the military. In the novel, Conner was described as a quadruple amputee confined to a motorized, road-capable wheelchair. This marks the 27-year-old Canadian actor’s first major TV project as the lead after playing recurring roles in TV shows such as The 100, Legends of Tomorrow, Ballers, and Riverdale.
In addition to Goree, the cast for the series will be led by The Haunting of Bly Manor star T’Nia Miller, Charlotte Riley (A Christmas Carol), JJ Feild (Lost in Space), Adelind Horan (The Deuce) and Alex Hernandez (Bloodshot), with Miller, Riley, Feild, Horan, and Hernandez set to star as Cherise, Aelita, Lev, Billy Ann Baker, and Tommy Constantine, respectively.
Based on author William Gibson’s bestselling sci-fi mystery thriller novel, The Peripheral will be an hour-long series that will center around siblings Flynne Fisher and Burton. Flynne is described as a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. She is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her.
In the story, Burton is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps’ elite Haptic Recon force, who takes a job working security in a video game/virtual world for a Colombian company called Milagros Coldiron. When Burton is called away on an assignment, Flynne takes his position and witnesses a gruesome murder, though she is uncertain whether the event is real or part of some twisted virtual game.
The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond. The series will be led by Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) as Flynne Fisher and Jack Reynor (Midsommar) as Burton.
The series adaptation is written by Scott B. Smith, who will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will also be executive producing along with Steven Hoban and Kilter Films’ Athena Wickham. Vincenzo Natali is set to direct as well as executive produce.
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