Last month, it was reported that Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast in a new series adaptation of David Bowie’s cult-classic film The Man Who Fell To Earth for Paramount+. Since then, the project has moved over to Showtime with Ejiofor still attached to star. Now, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Moonlight star Naomie Harris is joining the series as the Ejiofor’s co-star.
Per the initial report, Harris will portray “a brilliant scientist and engineer who must conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds.” Ejiofor will star in the series as a new alien character. After arriving on earth, he must confront the horrors of his past to help shape the future of humans. The Showtime adaptation is co-written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Picard) and Jenny Lumet (Clarice). The filmmaking duo will also serve as the project’s showrunners. John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) is also on-board to executive produce the series.
“Working with an actor of Naomie’s caliber is an absolute dream,” said Kurtzman, Lumet and Hlavin said in a statement. “Her strength, her complexity and her bold artistic choices are an inspiration. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”
The original film stars the late, great David Bowie. Based on Walter Tevis’s 1963 novel of the same name, the film follows an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth. Seeking a way to deliver water back to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought, the alien soon finds himself at the mercy of human corruption. Directed by Nicolas Roeg (The Witches) and written by Paul Mayersberg (Captive), fans still celebrate the feature as Bowie’s first starring film role.
Perhaps best known for her work in James Bond films, Harris has built an impressive résumé these last few years. Her appearances in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and Pirates of the Caribbean have endeared her to fans all over the world. Additionally, her role in 2016’s Moonlight earned her Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Up next, the versatile actress will appear as the Spider-Man villain Shriek in Andy Serkis’ upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage as well as reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in No Time To Die.
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