Sense8 Scoop: First Deets on New Netflix Sci-Fi Drama From Andy and Lana Wachowski

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Sense8 CastApparently, not only do good things come to those who wait, but really good things come to those who wait and wait and wait: Nearly a year after Netflix greenlit 10 episodes of Matrix auteurs Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Sense8, we finally have the 411 on the series.

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The sci-fi drama will focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared — violent — vision. (Because it’s never a vision of kittens, is it?) Each episode — shot in the UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago — will follow the characters’ separate stories, even as one entity tries to bring the octet together and another tries to kill them.

Among the regulars (as yet uncast) are: a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver and a transgender American blogger (a la Lana?). Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers (arguably the best-named villain since The X-Files’ Cigarette-Smoking Man).

What do you think? Intrigued? Since Sense8 doesn’t even start shooting until June, we certainly have a lot of time to speculate and suggest actors. Is there anyone with whom showrunner J. Michael Straczynski worked on Babylon 5 that you hope will be hired? Anyone from the Matrix flicks? Hit the comments.

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Comments (29)

  • You know, there is one name for the “Apparently magic African-American” that sprung to mind, but sadly he passed beyond the rim. Maybe Jason Carter could get a role somewhere? What do we know about Mr. Whispers?

    Comment by Tom Charles – January 7, 2014 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jonas needs to be played by a middle-easterner, Nicholas Kadi comes to mind

      Comment by Nameer El-Kadi – February 19, 2014 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like that show that was cancelled with Keifer Sutherland.

    Comment by Irishbrat – January 7, 2014 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sounds like nothing new, like heroes and touch (that show that was cancelled with kiefer Sutherland), why can’t wachowskis come up with something more or less original anymore? the question now, could they ever do that at all then? the only great film they had was the first matrix (did they just steal it from someone then?), and everybody keeps still expecting them to reproduce that, and it seems it’s not going to be happening anytime soon

    and the set of the main characters sound somewhat generic… and so vomit-inducingly PC

    nothing is original anymore, people say, but it doesn’t have to be SO unoriginal either

    Comment by katy – January 7, 2014 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The big difference between this and every other Wachowski project since The Matrix is the presence of JMS. Joe has high standards and a pretty decent track record, not even including Babylon 5.

      With him involved, anything is possible. After all, look what he did with ‘Casablanca in space.’

      Comment by Sheldon W. – January 7, 2014 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You might want to read Superman Earth One Volume 2 (and Superman #700, for that matter). That was JMS at his worst.

        Comment by alistaircrane – January 7, 2014 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Matrix was basically a confluence of other stories, most notably the Messiah and Alice in Wonderland. It wouldn’t have made a blip on the radar were it not for the effects technology used, and I doubt that had much to do with the Wachowskis

      Comment by Vincent Ventrevski – January 7, 2014 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Matrix was a direct rip off of comic book The Invisibles by Grant Morrison

        Comment by KCG19 – January 8, 2014 01:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Considering that it sounds *nothing* like either of those shows…

      Comment by tarc – January 8, 2014 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yunjin Kim as the businesswoman! Presuming they can work around her “Mistresses” schedule.

    Comment by DL – January 7, 2014 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Y’know, there is more than one Asian actress in the world.

      Comment by Vincent Ventrevski – January 7, 2014 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lana?

    Comment by peter – January 7, 2014 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh. The “Magical Negro” is such a tired and offensive stereotype. Can’t they come up with anything better?

    Comment by M – January 7, 2014 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What were the odds of a transgender character. Colour me surprised.

      Comment by Vincent Ventrevski – January 7, 2014 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • considering Lana Wachowski is trans and Andy’s a badass supporter of her, I’m really pleased to see them taking this opportunity to add a trans character to the tv landscape. And with a trans person behind the show, chances are the role will be written without being horrifically offensive (looking at you Ryan Murphy)

        Comment by liz – January 7, 2014 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They haven’t produced anything really good since the Matrix series and JMS is an arrogant hack. I think I will pass.

    Comment by Drew – January 7, 2014 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve been waiting for an update on this series. Can’t wait to see who gets cast and more details on when it will premiere.

    Comment by dreamlife613 – January 7, 2014 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gay, check; slut, check; transgender, check; Asian, check; German criminal, check; black guy, check; evil white guy, check; magical negro, check. Yep, that is about the most by rote character sheet I’ve ever seen in my life.

    Comment by Vincent Ventrevski – January 7, 2014 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since Netflix and the Wachowskis are highly secretive about their projects I think its safe to assume that anything released publicly will only be the simplified version that they want you to see. I’m sure this was a casting notice which only requires the bare minimum .

    Comment by timbro – January 7, 2014 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Babylon 5! My favorite sci-fi series ever. MJS love that guy. I’d like to see Captain Ivanova show up as someone, or the woman who played Delenn.. heck would be fun to see anyone of them………………. (lost my crush on Michael Garibaldi when I learned the actor had a conservative talk show………………. hmmmmm…. maybe if he just doesn’t talk……. ha!)

    Comment by Marie – January 7, 2014 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We have the deets! We have the 411! We are so 2004! Stand back!

    Comment by JimmySmiths – January 7, 2014 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Wachowskis are great. Maybe their work is not liked by everyone, but at least they try new things in every movie they make. How many filmmakers can say that today? Besides, Cloud Atlas was really good, one of the most underrated movies of 2012. Also, I’m sure if the magic role were a white man, people would complain too. Can you wait to see if the character is what you think before saying it’s a stereotype? Yet, the pitch sounds cool!

    Comment by James – January 7, 2014 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds surprisingly generic. But now I want a series about people connected by vision of kittens.

    Comment by Dr. M – January 7, 2014 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m in! The Wachowskis always put 150% into everything they’re involved in. I so wish Cloud Atlas had done better at the theaters.

    Comment by Kevin H. – January 7, 2014 11:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Some film makers only have one good film in them. For the Wachowskis, that was “Bound”. But hey, maybe they will fare better in serialised narration. Orci and Kurtzman are completely incompetent when it comes to movies but they fare better on TV too.

    Comment by Bark Star – January 8, 2014 04:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one who saw the photo with this story and thought they must be the main characters of the new sci-fi series instead of the creators?

    Comment by KMG – January 8, 2014 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Might be a telepath story, so I would love to see Pat Talman or Walter Koening at least as guests ….

    Comment by lugaru – January 8, 2014 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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