SENSE8: Cast and Plot Revealed for Wachowski Siblings and J. Michael Straczynski’s New Sci-Fi Series on Netflix

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When last we spoke of the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski’s upcoming Netflix series Sense8, it was to tell you that the ambitious Netflix series would be shooting in UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago, and that the show would focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared violent vision.  We previously had a description of those eight central characters, but today the actual cast has been revealed.  The principal actors will be Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Miguel Silvestri, Tena Desae, Max Riemelt, and Jamie Clayton.  Hit the jump for just who they might be playing, the rest of the 14-member cast, and more plot details.

doona-bae-sense8As we previously reported, the eight main characters will feature “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. Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers.”  Deadline further reports that  Naveen AndrewsDaryl HannahFreema AgyemanAlfonso HerreraErendira Ibarra, and Terrence Mann will fill out the cast.  You can probably figure out a bulk of the characters and their associated actors based on their nationality alone, but no definitive casting assignments or images have been released just yet.

Here’s how Straczynski explained the plot:

“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”

Despite it’s globe-trotting nature, this actually seems like a more restrained project for the Wachowskis.  There’s no voyage across time or intergalactic space, but rather a more Earth-based, contemporary take on what it means to be human.  Though their recent films have had a difficult time finding audiences, perhaps the foray into the digital domain will serve them better.  Look for the 10-episode run of Sense8 on Netflix next year.

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  • Armond White is my master now

    ‘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.’

    The Wachowskis are soooooo bourgeois… Where is the gay eskimo dwarf hitman this show so desperately needs?

    • Polarboy

      I think you need to look up the definition of bourgeois. Also when you are creating something it is said that it is better to use what you know and Lana obviously having went through what she did knows about transgendered issues.

      The fact that you would find that character and the other character’s mentioned as something so alien that they would deserve ridicule says more about you than it does about the Wachowskis.

      • Kaine Morrison

        I think Armond White was channeling a young Dave Lister with his usage of Bourgeois.

      • DoremusJessup

        C’mon guys, just like Armond said — clearly diversity is not cool.

      • Guest

        And of course someone who is transgendered has no business including a character who is also transgendered, clearly she and her brother are merely pandering to what Armond referred to as the “bourgeois”.

      • President Mao

        Calm everyone! I think Armond is saying this characters are included for shock value, and nothing else. To amaze Joe Schmuck and his missus, you know? The Wachowskis and Netflix have free publicity and ‘clickbait’ headlines for the show with only the casting sheet. Period.

      • Polarboy

        By these characters I assume you are referring to the Mexican guy and the American blogger. Really what is so shocking about a gay character, and given that Lana is trangendered herself, a transgendered character. To say that these characters are even shocking let alone are only used for “shock” value is narrow minded.

      • Polarboy

        Yeah, Armond is a bit of a smegghead isn’t he.

      • bahgheera

        Nah, that’d be cryptofascist.

      • Kaine Morrison

        It could be both… In fact, I am going to go and rewatch the entire series again…

      • Zoboo

        I’d say the characters are pretty clearly meant to cover all the bases. But obviously bourgeois was the wrong word :)

      • Matt

        *mic drop*

  • Farrell

    “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. Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers.”

    Holy shit, could they stereotype the black characters any more? A black bus driver? The Magical negro? Jesus.

    • http://www.danielmelbye.com/ Daniel Melbye

      Agree – all the characters sound a little stereotypical – what about the Korean business person and the Icelandic party girl.

  • Pablo

    From Spain, is Miguel Angel SilvestrE, not SilvestrI, and he is a terrible actor by the way….

  • Kaine Morrison

    Who is the girl with the Pink hair in the Top Image?
    She looks familiar.

    • paul h

      She’s the transgendered brother, Lana nee Larry.

      • Kaine Morrison

        that explains it.
        Wait! when did that happen?

      • paul h

        Well, iirc it wasn’t really public knowledge until… post-speed racer i think tho I could be wrong, but in some interviews they’ve talked about how the change over (…for want of a better phrase) happened during the filming of Matrix 2.

      • Kaine Morrison

        oh. ok.

  • The Flobbit

    Umm? Cloud Atlas was a great analysis of what it is to be human, and have hopes and dreams and loves that transcend time… Anyways, I am glad the Wachowskis are getting back to daring sci fi.

    • Georce Miller

      Cloud Atlas is a deep film for shallow people. It just asserts its age-worn “we are all connected” theme as a given with zero explanation of how or why. The much-vaunted makeup is terrible, and Tom Hanks has the worst accent since Jar Jar.

      • The Flobbit

        Whatever. I clearly got the film differently than you did.

      • The Flobbit

        Whatever. I clearly got the film differently than you did.

  • Grendal Sven

    Babylon 5 was one of my all time favorite shows back in the day. I am so down for this.

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