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

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.