Official Trailer Lands for ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’: Bill Nighy Takes on David Bowie Role in Chiwetel Ejiofor-Starring Sequel Series

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The full-length official trailer has arrived for Showtime’s upcoming science fiction series The Man Who Fell to Earth, a follow-up to the 1976 David Bowie film adaptation of Walter Tevis’ (The Queen’s Gambit, The Hustler) sci-fi novel of the same name.

Chiwetel Ejiofo plays a new alien character named Faraday. Arriving on Earth at a turning point in human evolution, Faraday is seeking help for his dying planet – a fate our planet is also about to experience – and must confront his past to determine our future. He gathers the help of Justin Falls (Naomie Harris), a brilliant scientist and engineer who must conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds.

As for how it connects as a sequel, here’s the kicker: Faraday has been summoned by Thoman Newton (played by Bill Nighy), the main character from Tevis’ novel and the alien that Bowie played in the ’76 film. Now desperate, having been marooned on Earth for over 40 years, Newton needs Faraday to help complete his original mission.

Trailer, then more info underneath…

The series is co-written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, known for the latest Star Trek shows, Discovery and Picard, sci-fi series Fringe, and for screenwriting credits that include Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, and Star Trek (2009). Also on board as co-writer and exec producer is Jenny Lumet, the Rachel Getting Married scribe who collaborated with Kurtzman on The Mummy (2017), short-lived series Clarice, Discovery and upcoming Trek series Strange New Worlds.

Also starring Jimmi Simpson, Clarke Peters, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, and Annelle Olayele, The Man Who Fell to Earth will be premiering on Showtime on April 24th.


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