“The Commuter” is the third episode of anthology series Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, screening on Monday.
Both “The Hood Maker” & “Impossible Planet” are currently available on Stan.
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 episode 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 episode is based on the short story “The Impossible Planet” by Philip K. Dick.