Anna Paquin and Terrence Howard join Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
In additon, Julia Davis, Sidse Babett Knudsen & Joanna Scanlan join Steve Buscemi in "Crazy Diamond"
Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin (True Blood, the X-Men films) and SAG Award winner and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Empire, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) have signed on to appear in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams in the episode titled “Real Life” which is written by Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) and directed by Jeffrey Reiner (The Affair, Fargo, 12 Monkeys)
Anna Paquin (True Blood, the X-Men films) plays Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, played by Terrence Howard (Empire, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.
Additionally, rounding out the cast of the episode “Real Life” are Rachelle Lefevre (Under The Dome, Twilight), Lara Pulver (Underworld: Blood Wars, Sherlock), Jacob Vargas (Luke Cage, Sons of Anarchy), Sam Witwer (Once Upon A Time, Being Human), and Guy Burnet (Hand of God, Hollyoaks). Also, appearing alongside Steve Buscemi (previously announced) in the episode “Crazy Diamond” are BAFTA Award winner Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, Inferno), BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award winner Julia Davis (Nighty Night, Black Mirror, Gavin & Stacy, Love Actually), BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award winner Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Getting On), Lucian Msamati (Taboo, Game of Thrones) and Michael Socha (This is England, The Aliens, Once Upon a Time).
Howard and Paquin join previously announced cast including Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films), Jack Reynor (Macbeth, Free Fire, Jungle Book), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, The Martian, Top Boy), Geraldine Chaplin (A Monster Calls, Doctor Zhivago), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Boss Baby), Greg Kinnear (Heaven is For Real, As Good As It Gets), Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing, World War Z) and Bryan Cranston who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series featuring pointed, thrilling stand-alone episodes each inspired by Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories as adapted by leading British and American writers including Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Skins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim)
Commissioned by Channel 4, who will air the series later this year in the for the UK, and by Amazon Prime Video for the U.S., Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions and Michael Dinner of Rooney McP Productions are executive producing alongside Bryan Cranston and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan and Christopher Tricarico of Electric Shepherd Productions, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content, Lila Rawlings and Marigo Kehoe of Left Bank Pictures, Don Kurt and Kate DiMento in association with Sony Pictures Television.