Richard Madden Strange New Things

Game of Thrones' Richard Madden to Headline Amazon's Sci-Fi-Themed Pilot Strange New Things

Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden is shooting for the moon with his latest TV gig.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor formerly known as Robb Stark has signed on to star in Strange New Things, Amazon’s ambitious drama pilot set in outer space. Based on Michel Faber’s celebrated 2014 novel The Book Of Strange New Things, project — which is being eyed as a 10-episode event series — centers on a soulful, intense priest (Madden) who leaves his wife book-of-strange-new-thingsto travel to a distant planet/colony to preach to the native population.

Earlier this year, our sister site Deadline described the project as “a heart-wrenching love story of a husband and wife with the universe between them,” likening it to “Heart Of Darkness in space.”

Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) will pen the pilot and serve as an executive producer, with Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) handling directing duties. Andy Harries (Strike Back) and Lila Rawlings (Left Bank Productions) also are on board as producers.

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  1. Bryan says:

    They really couldn’t find a way to give this show a name that wouldn’t be so similar to that other show…..?

  2. webly3 says:

    LOL Strange New Things targeted for people who aren’t smart enough to realize that Stranger Things is on Netflix and not Amazon

  3. Wordsmith says:

    Next up: Hulu’s The Strangest Things

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      +250 TVLine Power User points (no cash value)

    • Geo says:

      One day, I’m going to watch a marathon of Stranger Things, Better Things, and Strange New Things. I plan to invite my friends: Thing from The Addams Family, The Thing from The Fantastic Four and Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat.

  4. Dennis says:

    Ummmm. That title. Is not okay lol

  5. R.O.B. says:

    Why not go with “Even Stranger Things”, Amazon

  6. Azu says:

    Robb my love! Missed you so much

  7. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Yeah, they should’ve kept “The Book Of…” part of the title to help distinguish it. I mean, if they had to go with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” to distinguish that show from the long-defunct “The Shield”, then I’m surprised nobody in power thought about *this* lol