Earth can be a pretty strange place to live for the people who are actually born here, so it’s hard to imagine it through the lens of someone from a different planet. But it looks like we’ll get to try with this new trailer for Showtime’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a man from a different planet who needs to find his purpose for being sent to ours. Naomie Harris also stars as the person who might help him find that purpose.
Check out the trailer below:
The trailer doesn’t give us much to go by, so it looks like viewers will be able to go into the series pretty fresh, with minimal details about the plot. All you really see is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character Faraday, Naomie Harris’ character Justin Falls, and brief glimpses of some other presumably major players in the show. We learn that Ejiofor is from another planet, that Harris’s character might be able to help him find why he’s here, and that’s enough to get fans curious for the new project for now.
Of course, if you’re familiar with the source material or the previous adaptation, you might have some inkling of which way the new Chiwetel Ejiofor show is headed. The Man Who Fell To Earth is originally a book, written by Walter Tevis in 1963. But perhaps the most well-known version of the story (at least to modern audiences) is the 1976 film of the same name which starred David Bowie in the lead role. That film was directed by Nicolas Roeg and also starred Rip Torn and Candy Clark. This quiet, contemplative take on the source material definitely has its fans, thanks in no small part to Bowie’s otherworldly performance. But the meditative pace certainly works best as a movie. It’s likely the show will have a little more drive and a faster pace, but that remains to be seen.
The Man Who Fell to Earth’s new series also features Kate Mulgrew, Clarke Peters, Josh Herdmen, Jimmi Simpson, and Rob Delaney alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris. Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet serve as showrunners, with Kurtzman directing the first episode. The Showtime series is slated for ten episodes, with the pilot being titled, Hallo, Spaceboy. Appropriately, the title of the pilot is also the title of a David Bowie song. Looking at the episode list, it seems like the rest of the series will follow suit with episode titles like Under Pressure, Moonage Daydream, and The Man Who Sold the World. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to hear a Bowie song or two on the soundtrack.
If you’re excited to see Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris in The Man Who Fell To Earth, you won’t have to wait too long. The series begins airing on Showtime in the Spring of this year. And if you want to catch more performances from the Oscar-nominated Ejiofor, make sure to check him out in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is also set to release this year. Ejiofor will be reprising his role as Baron Mordo.