Directors and Actors Announced for ‘Black Mirror’ Series 3

Directors and Actors Announced for ‘Black Mirror’ Series 3

The phenomenal Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, feels like a darker and more twisted successor to The Twilight Zone. The science-fiction based anthology series has garnered quite a cult following since it debuted in the UK on Channel 4 in 2011, despite only having six episodes and a Christmas special to its name. When the news came that Netflix would be purchasing the exclusive rights to the property last year, it seemed like a perfect fit and now, thanks to IndieWire, we have episode names as well as a list of directors, writers and actors who are involved with Series 3.

Let’s list them off!

Episode 1 – San Junipero
Director: Owen Harris (Black Mirror: Be Right Back & Kill Your Friends)
Writer: Charlie Brooker
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who & Belle) and Mackenzie Davis (The Martian & Blade Runner 2)
Plot: Unknown.

Episode 2 – Shut Up and Dance 
Director: James Watkins (The Woman in Black)
Writer: Charlie Brooker
Cast: Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones & Ripper Street) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game & A Brilliant Young Mind)
Plot: Unknown

Episode 3 – Nosedive
Director: Joe Wright (Atonement & Hanna)
Writers: Michael Schur and Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation)
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World & Pete’s Dragon), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Norton (Happy Valley)
Plot: A social satire about identity in the social media age.

Episode 4 – Men Against Fire
Director: Jakob Verbruggen (House of Cards & The Fall)
Writer: Charlie Brooker
Cast: Michael Kelly (House of Cards & Man of Steel), Malachi Kirby (Doctor Who) and Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black & Grimm)
Plot:  Unknown

Episode 5 – Hated In The Nation
Director: James Hawes (Doctor Who & Penny Dreadful)
Writer: Charlie Brooker
Cast: Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire & Brave)
Plot: A new take on police procedurals.

Episode 6 – Playtest
Director: Dan Tractenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Writer: Dan Tractenberg
Cast: Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones)
Plot: A video game-themed episode.

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There’s a lot to unpack there, but it’s clear Netflix is sinking a lot of money and effort into this endeavour. One of the biggest names that stands out is Dan Tractenberg, who seems like a natural fit for Black Mirror as 10 Cloverfield Lane came across as a big-budget episode of The Twilight Zone. We have big-name actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, but there’s also up-and-coming talent like Mackenzie Davis and vastly underrated performers like Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It shows the talent-scouting for Series 3 of Black Mirror must have been a vast, all-encompassing process.

This is all the information we have about Black Mirror, since the scripts have been kept tightly under wraps, but all will be revealed when Series 3 debuts on Netflix on October 21, 2016.

IMAGES: Channel 4 & Netflix


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