Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth adds Clarke Peters to cast
Nearly a week after adding Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (No Time to Die) and Emmy nominee Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) to its roster, Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth series adaptation is expanding its cast with the addition of The Wire alum and Da 5 Bloods star Clarke Peters, according to Deadline. Peters, who is joining a cast led by Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, is set to star as Josiah Falls, patriarch to the Falls Family and Harris’ Justin and a gifted scientist and engineer whose “surprising relationship with Ejiofor’s alien brings about the next step in human evolution.”
Based on Walter Tevis’ sci-fi novel and the David Bowie-led film adaptation of the same name, the story centers on an alien who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and is forced to confront his own past in order to determine both his and humanity’s future.
The 1976 film was directed by Nicolas Roeg from a screenplay written by Paul Mayersberg and was David Bowie’s first starring role in a feature film. Though a financial disappointment upon release, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and has garnered a strong cult following in the years since for its surreal imagery and the musician’s performance and is considered an important work of sci-fi cinema and one of Roeg’s best films.
In addition to Kurtzman, Lumet, and Hlavin, The Man Who Fell to Earth series will also be executive produced by Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Heather Kadin, and Aaron Baiers.
The series is being co-produced by CBS Television Studios and TANDEM Productions, a STUDIOCANAL Company, in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman/Beverly. STUDIOCANAL owns the rights for both Walter Tevis’ book as well as the iconic Nicolas Roeg film with David Bowie.
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