The Wachowski's Netflix sci-fi series, SENSE8, gets a cast and plot description

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With the news that Jupiter Ascending is being pushed back about 6 months to February 2015, fanboys such as myself might feel like they’re lacking their regular dose of Wachowski Siblings sci-fi wackiness. We could get out fix from Sense8, a new Netflix original series that Andy and Lana Wachowski is putting together with Babylon 5 creator and regular comic book scribe  J. Michael Straczynski, though. I say “could” because up until now, we’ve had no idea what the show was actually going to be about.

But now Deadline has scored some plot details, as well as the film’s primary cast, which consists of screen veterans and alums from Lost, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis and more. Said plot details came via co-showrunner Straczynski, who had this to say:

“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”

And these eight people will be played by Brian J. Smith (Stargate Atlantis), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Ami Ameen (The Maze Runner, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), South Korean actress Doona Bae, Mexican actor Miguel Silvestre, Indian actress Tena Desae, German actor Max Riemelt and American actor Jamie Clayton. The rest of the 14 member cast will be rounded out by Naveen Andrews (Lost)Darryl Hannah (Blade Runner, Splash), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Terence Mann, Alfonso Herrera and Erendira Ibarra.

If that cast list wasn’t a dead giveaway, the show is looking to be truly globe spanning, with production set to happen in nine locations around the world: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi. That’s certainly an ambitious production plan, but when has the Wachowski’s ever been anything but ambitious. Even when they sometimes stumble, it’s never for a lack of vision.

After a few years of drought, there appears to be a resurgence in sci-fi happening on TV at the moment, and I cannot be happier about it. I’m always up for more from the Wachowski’s and Straczynski, and  I’m a fan of several members of that cast (in particular Smith, Andrews and Ageyman), so adding Sense8 to this suddenly ever-increasing list of sci-fi shows to look forward to, is just a pleasure.

Sense8 is set for a 10-episode run, and is scheduled to debut on Netflix in early 2015.

Last Updated: June 23, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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