Hollywood has been mining the works of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick for decades now. The highlights have included Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall, while the lowlights…well, there have been plenty of those. Now Amazon is getting into the Dick game with their upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. While details on the series are still scarce, we now know two more familiar faces who be participating: Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow).
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Outlander), Michael Dinner (Justified), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Electric Dreams is a collaboration between Amazon and the UK’s Channel 4. Electric Dreams is an anthology series that will tell ten standalone tales based on Dick’s works. Deadline reports that Paquin and Howard will co-star in an episode entitled “Real Life.” According to Deadline:
[Paquin will] play Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George (Howard) a brilliant game designer, as each pursues violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.
Paquin and Howard join an increasingly impressive cast for Electric Dreams. Of the 10 episodes planned for the show’s initial season, we know titles for five of them, but not much else. “The Commuter” will star Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies) as a train station employee who finds his way into an alternate reality. “Crazy Diamond” will feature Steve Buscemi, while “Father Thing” will star Greg Kinnear. Finally, “The Impossible Planet” will star Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange).
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will debut later this year on Channel 4 in the UK and Amazon Prime here in the States. In the meantime, Amazon already has a hit based on Dick’s works: the critically acclaimed alternate-history drama The Man in the High Castle.