Right as Blade Runner 2049 is making waves and impressing critics, Amazon is prepping to take US viewers into the mind of the man whose work inspired the original film. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is an anthology series based on Dick’s classic sci-fi stories. British audiences have already gotten a taste, but a new trailer has been released for the upcoming US release, and the trailer shows off the series’ impressive cast.
The title, Electric Dreams, is a play on one of Philip K. Dick’s more famous novels, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which served as the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Dick’s writings have inspired several major Hollywood projects, such as Total Recall (based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Minority Report, and Amazon’s series The Man in the High Castle.
From executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Electric Dreams runs for ten episodes, each based on one of Dick’s stories. The episodes will visit a wide variety of times and places, from the near to the distant future, and according to Amazon’s press release will each give a “poignant and warm exploration of the importance and significance of humanity.”
The anthology series boasts an all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Greg Kinnear (Mystery Men), Maura Tierney (The Affair), Janelle Monae (Moonlight), Mireille Enos (The Catch), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Terrence Howard (Empire), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Holiday Grainger (The Finest Hours), Mel Rodriguez (Last Man on Earth), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange).
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams airs on Channel 4 in the UK, and will stream on Amazon Prime Video in the US in 2018.
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