Upcoming anthology sci-fi Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will premiere on Stan from Monday September 18.
The series features 10 stand-alone stories, each set in a different and unique world. Each story will premiere weekly. This is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Stan is also an investor. Producers include Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner.
BAFTA-winning actor Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films) stars in “The Commuter.” He plays Ed Jacobson, an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. When he investigates for himself, he comes face to face with an alternate reality that forces him to confront his own struggles around his relationship with his wife Mary (Rebecca Manley – This is England, The Moorside) and his very troubled son Sam (Anthony Boyle – Harry Potter And The Cursed Child). “The Commuter” is based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick and is written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The story is directed by Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders).
Jack Reynor (Macbeth, Free Fire, Jungle Book) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, The Martian, Top Boy), lead the cast of “Impossible Planet” as two disillusioned, disenchanted and indifferent space tourism employees who take up an elderly woman’s (Geraldine Chaplin, A Monster Calls, Doctor Zhivago) request for a trip back to Earth… the existence of which is a long-debunked myth. She appears easily confused, plus she’s rich – so, for the right payment, what’s the harm in indulging her fantasies? As the journey unfolds, however, their scam begins to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet surprise. Written and directed by David Farr (The Night Manager, Hanna, McMafia), the story is based on the short story “The Impossible Planet” by Philip K. Dick.
Greg Kinnear (Heaven is For Real, As Good As It Gets), SAG Award winner and Academy Award nominee, stars as Father in “Father Thing” written and directed by Emmy award winner Michael Dinner (Sneaky Pete, Justified, The Wonder Years) who also serves as executive producers on the series. In this story of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, the world is under attack as aliens quietly invade our homes. Charlie (Jack Gore, Billions/The Michael J. Fox Show), our young hero must make the most difficult decisions imaginable, to protect his Mother, played by Mireille Enos (The Catch, The Killing, World War Z) and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters. Charlie’s father (Kinnear) is a caring, loving man with an easygoing manner, he has a great enthusiasm for baseball which he shares with his son, whom he reminds regularly that “all that matters is who you are…what you are on the inside.” But when the Father Thing attempts to be just like his dad, his son is not fooled for a second. As much a gut-wrenching view of a child losing faith in his father, as it is an energizing battle to save humanity from alien invaders.
Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin (True Blood, the X-Men films) plays Sarah, a policewoman living in the future shares headspace with George, played by Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee 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. “Real Life” which is written by Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) and directed by Jeffrey Reiner (The Affair, Fargo, 12 Monkeys).
Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Boss Baby) will play Ed Morris in the ultimate Philip K. Dick comic film noir nightmare, Crazy Diamond, is inspired by the story of the same name. As average a man as ever was, when approached by a gorgeous synthetic woman with an illegal plan that could change his life completely, a smitten Ed decides to help… and then his world really begins to crumble. Crazy Diamond is written by Tony Grisoni (The Young Pope, Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and directed by Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia).
Kill All Others
A man hangs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a politician (Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring, The Departed) makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. When one man dares to question the situation he becomes an instant target. Written and directed by Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah), this story stars Mel Rodriguez (Last Man on Earth, Getting On, Little Miss Sunshine) as the extraordinarily average Phillbert Noyce, Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island as Lenny and Glenn Morshower (Bloodline, Supergirl, Aftermath) as Ed, his co-workers, and Sarah Brown (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, General Hospital) as Phillbert’s wife Maggie Noyce.
The Hood Maker
“The Hood Maker” is set in a world without advanced technology and where mutant telepaths have become humanity’s only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended implications and when the public begins to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives with an entangled past are brought in to investigate. Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella) plays Agent Ross, Holliday Grainger (The Finest Hours, Cinderella) plays Honor and Anneika Rose (Line of Fire, Silent Witness) plays Mary. The Hood Maker is written by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots).
Safe & Sound
A small-town girl, already gripped with social anxiety, moves to a big futuristic city with her mother. Exposed for the first time to urban society’s emphasis on security and terrorist prevention, it isn’t long before her school days are consumed by fear and paranoia. She soon finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places. Safe & Sound is written by Kalen Egan (The Word of A Salesman, The Man In The High Castle) & Travis Sentell (The World According To Paris, Lost Tapes) and directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys)
(TBC) stars as a woman suffering in a loveless marriage who suddenly finds that the psyche of her emotionally abusive husband, played by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winner and Academy Award nominee Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, All the Way, Breaking Bad), has been replaced by something alien… yet surprisingly kind. This story cuts to the heart of Philip K. Dick’s core concern — what, truly, defines us as human? Human Is was written by Jessica Mecklenburg (Huff, Stranger Things) and directed by Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel, Tanner Hall)
Despite society and the world as we know it having collapsed, a massive, automatic product-manufacturing factory continues to operate according to the principles of consumerism – humans consume products to be happy, and in order to consume continuously, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will. When a small band of rebels decide to shut down the factory, they discover they may actually be the perfect consumers after all. Juno Temple(Vinyl, Maleficent, The Dark Knight Rises) and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) star. Peter Horton (Grey’s anatomy, Children of The Corn) directs the story written by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of The Titans)