It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a new episode of Black Mirror — the last being the Jon Hamm-fronted 2014 Christmas special — but fortunately Netflix is hard at work righting that wrong. The streaming service commissioned 12 new episodes of the equally bleak and brilliant British sci-fi series late last year and has been assembling the call sheet for the new season. In keeping with Black Mirror‘s first two seasons, which had a slew of fabulously talented actors including Michael Smiley, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Brown Findlay, Toby Kebbell and Lindsay Duncan, the new roster is shaping up beautifully.
Deadline reports that Joe Wright (Atonement) is on board to direct one of the new Netflix episodes with Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve set to star. No further details are known about the episode at the this time, but Wright is an excellent pick for the material. While his first big-budget studio film was a bit of a clusterfuck, his aesthetic and grip of black humor make him a great fit for Black Mirror‘s dark and dreary techno-bent paranoia. Hell, Hanna meets Atonement actually sounds like it could be a real pitch for the show.
Aside from the fact that series creator Charlie Brooker is returning to pen most of the episodes, very little is known about the new season of Black Mirror at this point. We recently learned that Mackenzie Davis (The Martian) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion) are set to star in an episode helmed by Kill Your Friends director Owen Harris — who also directed the soul-shattering Season 2 episode “Be Right Back”, which saw a grieving widow (Hayley Atwell) reunited with an incarnation of her late husband (Domnhall Gleeson) through technological means, and which also saw your face dissolve into a mess of tears as a devastating sense of your own mortality sunk in.
Netflix has yet to announce an official release date for Black Mirror so you have some time to steel yourself for the next round of emotional devastation.