Brave New World Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: David Wiener
Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd
Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s seminal sci-fi novel, is coming to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service. The series was originally set for USA Network, where it received a straight-to-series order for a 10-episode inaugural season by the NBCU-owned cable outlet.
The network is sticking with the writer/showrunner it appointed last year – as part of a writer’s room – in David Wiener, who brings writing and executive producer experience from Amazon’s Homecoming, CBS All Access’s Strange Angel, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and Starz’s Flesh and Bone. Serving as director for the pilot episode is Owen Harris (Black Mirror: San Junipero).
Huxley first published Brave New World in 1931 – originally intended as a parody of H.G. Wells’s dystopian efforts – depicting a far-future (in approximately 2540 AD,) in which even the most miniscule aspects of civilization and its inhabitants are controlled; a world in which genetically engineered people are born from artificial wombs, divided into castes, prohibited from privacy and families, and have designated roles in life. However, despite the strictness of this existence, people are mollified through the encouragement of a hedonistic lifestyle centered around loose consumption, abundant sex and, most importantly, a happiness-inducing drug called Soma.
The series order represents the culmination of a developmental process for the Brave New World project several years in the making, stemming back to May 2015 with its initial arrival on NBCU’s slate for its other cable outlet, Syfy. The project originally appointed Les Bohem as writer, subsequently replacing him with Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor the following year. However, Wiener will now work with Morrison and Taylor, both of which remain executive producers for the pilot.
Brave New World TV Series Release Date
Brave New World has yet to announce a release date, but a shoot in the U.K. is imminent. Peacock is launching on April 2020, with a planned rollout of the service’s original programming to begin next fall.
Brave New World TV Series Cast
Alden Ehrenreich was cast for a lead role in USA’s Brave New World, reported Variety. The solo acquisition will headline the series as John the Savage, a product of both the World State from which his mother fled and the Savage Reservation on which he was raised, though he’s kind of an outsider amongst the natives there as well. However, the young man – raised on the works of Shakespeare, notably The Tempest, which contains the story’s title line – will have his life forever changed when New London exiles Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne show up at his reservation.
Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) co-stars as Bernard Marx, a denizen of the micro-managed future urban dystopia of New London, who, joined by Lenina Crowne, leaves the city behind for a life-changing vacation in the Savage Lands.
Demi Moore has been announced for the cast of USA Network’s Brave New World for the recurring role of Linda, “the brash, hard-living mother” of John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich).
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) will play the crucial role of Lenina Crowne, who, along with fellow future dystopian denizen Bernard Marx (Lloyd), embarks on a revelatory journey into the wild.
Brave New World is set in the year 2540, in the World State city of London, where people are born in artificial wombs and indoctrinated through “sleep-learning” to fit into their assigned predetermined caste. Citizens regularly consume a drug called soma (part anti-depressant, part hallucinogen) to keep them docile and help them conform to the strict social laws. Promiscuity is encouraged, but pregnancy (for women) is a cause for shame. Needless to say, both art and science (albeit to a lesser extent) are viewed with suspicion. “Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive,” Resident World Controller of Western Europe Mustapha Mond tells the novel’s antihero protagonist, John the Savage. “Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.”
John is the illegitimate son of a high-level government official, born and raised on the Savage Reservation, where people still give birth, age naturally, and generally represent the opposite of the World State’s carefully controlled ideals. His only education has been the complete works of Shakespeare. (The novel’s title references a line by Miranda in The Tempest.) When John and his mother, Linda, find their way back to the World State, he initially becomes a cause célèbre but struggles to adapt to the new social mores.
Specifically, he falls in love with a young woman named Lenina Crowne but can’t deal with her promiscuity and sexual forwardness. He ultimately isolates himself from society in hopes of purging himself of “sin.” Things don’t end well for John, and they don’t end particularly well for Lenina, either, although the novel never explicitly reveals her fate.