The slightly scold-y sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror caused a stir when it premiered several years ago in the UK and again when Netflix began streaming its first two seasons, making it easier for viewers to see the dark, technophobic TV show stateside. The clever series from creator Charlie Brooker has been an instant conversation starter ever since, with audiences taking to everything from its perceptive take on social media and political candidates, or the way it explores notions of morality in a world obsessed with shaming and punishing perpetrators of crimes both big and small. Tackling such heady topics in such candid fashion has afforded Black Mirror a devoted audience, one that will likely grow when Netflix releases the third season later this fall.
Once the streaming service announced it would be delivering new episodes of the satirical series, the question became: Who will be starring in the coming installments? Even before Netflix got involved, Black Mirror seemed to make good on the idea that where there’s interesting, challenging material, there will be talent eager to bring it to life. The first two seasons offered plenty of recognizable faces such as Rory Kinnear, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya, and Toby Kebbell. Meanwhile, the Christmas special, aptly titled ‘White Christmas’ featured performances from Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin, and Natalia Tena, delivering yet another pointed analysis of society’s increasing love affair with and addiction to technology and social media.
So, with that laundry list of talent setting a fairly high bar, Black Mirror season 3 clearly has its work cut out for it. Thankfully, a handful of new images from the upcoming season demonstrate that the new episodes won’t be lacking in the acting department. Take a look below:
The images are from episodes ‘San Junipero’ and ‘Nosedive,’ neither of which has much in the way of an official synopsis, so the actual plots will likely remain a mystery until they launch in October. But even without a plot rundown, there are some interesting clues in the available images that hint at what could be going on. The first two feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw, seen recently in Free State of Jones, and Mackenzie Davis of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. The two images give off a decidedly retro vibe that will be familiar territory for Davis, whose TV series unfolds against the backdrop of the 1980s personal computing revolution.
Again, there’s not much to go on in the two images other than the obvious (or, given this series, not so obvious) time period in which the story is set. There are other curious aspects, too, like the difference in appearance between Mbatha-Raw and Davis, as one is clearly dressed to impress while the other seems a little more, shall we say, Barb-like in her attire? Whatever is going on, it will be interesting to see how the apparent specificity of the time period plays into whatever finger wagging the episode has planned.
The other two images are from the episode ‘Nosedive,’ which stars Bryce Dallas Howard and, although she’s not featured here, Alice Eve. From the images it’s clear that this episode will be well within Black Mirror‘s wheelhouse, as Howard is depicted in both with a phone in hand. While she seems to be contemplating something away from the “black mirror” of her smartphone in one image, she, and a handful of extras appear rapt by whatever’s on their phones in the other. Given the show’s fondness for attacking social media addiction, it’s a good bet the characters here are engaged in some malevolent version of Twitter or Facebook – but, then again, maybe the show is changing things up and they’re all captivated by a Black Mirror-esque version of Candy Crush.
Obviously, the images are meant to pique viewers’ curiosity and get them ready for the new episodes headed their way. As of now, it can be said that mission has been accomplished.
Black Mirror season 3 will be available on October 21 on Netflix.