The Wachowskis’ ‘Sense8′: New Plot & Character Details Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 9th, 2014 at 5:36 am,

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Last March it was announced that filmmaking siblings, the Wachowskis (The MatrixCloud Atlas), would begin work on a new sci-fi series for Netflix titled Sense8. This marks the second sci-fi project by the duo for 2014 as fans await the release of Jupiter Ascending (starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis), which hits theaters July 18.

The duo will also be working with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who is no stranger to sci-fi on the big or small screen.  Since the project was first announced, though, little information has been released about the details of the show, until now.

According to TVLine, the show will be centered on eight people (hence the name Sense8) who are all connected by a shared and violent vision. The lucky (most likely un-lucky) eight are complete strangers spread across the globe and are being drawn to one of two entities: one that is attempting to bring all eight together, and another that is trying to destroy them.

The characters include:

“…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 (a la Lana?). Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers (arguably the best-named villain since ‘The X-Files’ Cigarette-Smoking Man).”

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Production, set to start in June, will be quite the undertaking as shot locations include Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco, Chicago, and the UK. Although none of the lead roles have been cast, it’s safe to assume the actors will be as diverse as the film locations.

For sci-fi fans, any news about an upcoming Wachowski project is good news considering the siblings’ past projects. Hopefully, Sense8 is no exception. The Wachowskis are good at establishing solid thematic elements to their stories that reveal concerns for the human condition. Originally, they mentioned that inspiration for the show came from “a late night conversation about the way technology simultaneously unites and divides us.”

It will be interesting to see how the siblings flesh out this classic sci-fi debate in Sense8, and with Netflix backing the project, they’ll be able to tell the story the way they want without worrying about week-to-week airings or messy (and often inaccurate) ratings. Additionally, fans will be able to (hopefully) devour the series in one sitting.

Then again, the Wachowskis aren’t infallible. Some of their work has been met with unfavorable reception, and the little bit of information we have about Sense8 isn’t exactly groundbreaking, as far as storytelling goes. Let’s hope they manage to put a healthy spin on the good vs. evil trope and create another lasting piece of science fiction.


We’ll keep you posted as more information about Sense8 is made available.

Source: TVLine

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  1. Man, they make an ugly couple.

    • In case you did not know, that is his brother. The one had a sex change. (Not making that up)

  2. Mexican telenovela hunk? haha.. I´ve never heard something like that.

  3. Sounds like The Stand, only on a smaller scale

    • Ha ha, I was thinking the same thing! I hope they actually have some sort of virus or near extinction of the human race angle to it as well, as stuff like that is just cool and terrifiying to me.

  4. The biggest frauds in the industry.

    • “Frauds?”

      These “frauds” (as you call them) gave us the Matrix trilogy along with other works of art. What did you do today?

      • A lot of fanboys don’t understand the Matrix sequels or Cloud Atlas so they like to accuse the Wachowskis of being hacks who got “lucky” with the first Matrix movie or “stole” the idea.

      • What other works of art do you speak of? The Matrix was great…the Trilogy was OK. I don’t know if anyone would call the trilogy as a whole a work of art, but I’m curious to see what else they have done that you refer to as “works of art.”

  5. Cheetos hair.

  6. Mr. Whispers would make a good pet name.

    • Sounds more like Dr. Giggles less ambitious cousin.

  7. Sounds intriguing. Were always good at ideas (I am aware of the controversies surrounding certain inspirations of ‘The Matrix’, so, I’m not looking for an argument) and it seems they are getting better at implementing them onscreen.

    Also, I have enormous respect for Lana. When you view ‘Cloud Atlas’ through her eyes it takes on quite the significant meaning.

    • @ Ajeno

      A while back I listened to an episode of The Nerdist with The Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer and was and am still blown away by Lana and wish I could view movies, literature, art or even the world in the way she does.
      Hollywood needs more people like her making movies and the fact that The Wachowski’s can not only make pure action packed blockbuster spectacles but also lace them with actual meaning and relevance is the cherry on top.
      There are a handful of writers and directors working today that I think are true artists and if they were alive in a time before cinema they would be the writers of plays or novels that would be the most popular of that given time and Lana is one of those artists.

  8. Sounds a bit like cancelled HBO show Carnivale

  9. A transgender character? Sorry, no thanks.

    • Intolerant commenters who judge before seeing, based on bigotry? No thanks. Diversity is one of the truly great things about life. Embrace difference and lose the fear.

  10. I get grossed out every time I see that pic

    • Oh please, Andy Wachowski isn’t that horrible-looking.

  11. Well, the Wachowskis + J. Michael Straczynski…that combination interests me, even if I a not sure what I think of the premise. Sounds a little bit like Heroes.

  12. It’s so sad to read the gross amount of intolerance posters here display.

    You’d think that people who enjoy sci-fi, with its lessons about diversity and universality, would be the first to demonstrate some common decency.

    • Aside from 2 posts, no one made a comment about being a transgender. This hardly qualifies as “gross amount of intolerance.” If anything, it shows a pretty solid amount of tolerance.

      • In case you weren’t a regular poster here, this isn’t the first time that this type of comment has been made about Lana Wachowski on Screen Rant.

        I was hoping that this would be something best left in the past. but it seems there are still individuals who insist on dragging their neanderthal beliefs along with them.

    • tolerate means endure

  13. Here we go again. Whenever someone doesn’t automatically agree with the transgender thing they are a bigot. People will judge you and deem you as a hateful person if you so much as think that a man who pretends to be a woman isn’t right. As for me, I am willing to stomach a transgender character for the sake of good storytelling just like how I stomach the homosexuality, incest, and explicit sex in Game of Thrones.