The British-Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, has been penned to play the lead role in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ series, based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 sci-fi novel that inspired the 1976 David Bowie movie.
The series is written by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and executive produced by John Hlavin, Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Heather Kadin. Alex Kurtzman is also directing.
The series is based on a new alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.
In a statement, Kurtzman and Lumet said: “Chiwetel Ejiofor’s stage and film career are staggering in their bravery, commitment and quality. He’s everything we could imagine and a million things we can’t. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The 1976 Bowie-led ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ was directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film was the music icon’s first major screen role and featured him as an alien stranded on Earth who falls into despair and alcoholism.
The Man Who Fell to Earth series will debut on Paramount+ and ViacomCBS, upcoming rebranding global streaming platform that will replace CBS.
The service will be launched in the US, Canada and Latin America on March 4, while Australia and the Nordics will follow.