Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ Taps Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis as First New Stars
Whispers turned to delight as Netflix confirmed its intent to produce twelve new episodes of UK sci-fi anthology breakout Black Mirror, up from the prior three-episode seasons. The shorter commitment has always attracted some tremendous stars, the likes of which now include Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis, along with a familiar director.
According to The Wrap, the Concussion and Halt & Catch Fire stars have been tapped for an upcoming episode of the technology-driven Twilight Zone analogue, as directed by past “Be Right Back” helmer Owen Harris. As expected, plot details for any of the upcoming episode have been kept strictly under wraps.
For those unfamiliar with the series, whose two seasons have endured strong Netflix play already, Black Mirror takes an anthology approach to technology parables, each episode telling an original tale of the dark influence modern and future technology might have on humanity. Existing episodes have impressively featured the likes of Fantastic Four baddie Toby Kebbell, Agent Carter favorite Hayley Atwell, Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Domhnall Gleeson, and most recently a Christmas special with Jon Hamm and Game of Thrones alum Oona Chaplin.
House of Tomorrow’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones will remain onboard as executive producers and showrunners, with production having already commenced abroad. No premiere dates have yet been determined, but is our first taste of Netflix’s new Black Mirror already surpassing expectations? What other big names might enter the fray?