Game of Thrones Vet Lands Lead Alien Role in Syfy's Childhood's End Mini

Charles Dance

Charles Dance aka Game of Thrones‘ Tywin Lannister has landed a key role in Syfy’s miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords ambassador who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren.

Karellen’s reassuring words and technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, triggering decades of seeming utopia (albeit at the cost of human identity and culture). Yet his refusal to reveal his physical appearance — and insistence on dealing only through Ricky — cause some people to question his intentions.

Syfy’s six-hour Childhood’s End mini is being penned by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars) and exec-produced by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and Mike DeLuca (The Social Network), to premiere sometime in 2015.

Dance’s other TV credits include Strike Back, BBC’s Bleak House and ITV2’s Trinity.

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  1. Walter Freeman says:

    Charles Dance? Awesome. SyFy? Not so much.

  2. Rick Katze says:

    Should be very interesting if they actually portray him as described in the book.

  3. Joey says:

    Really wish he was going to be in something I had the remotest interest in watching.

  4. CountryQueen says:

    This is an excellent book I read on the beach one vacation. It’s funny how much Clarke got right about today, and equally funny how much wrong. The ending stuck with me, and it should be interesting to see if he looks as he does in the book. Which isn’t revealed until the very end, so I’m interested to see what they do with that.