Wachowskis’ ‘Sense8′ Netflix Series Reveals International Cast and Plot

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 Wachowskis Sense8 Netflix Series Reveals International Cast and Plot

The television medium has come a long way since the first broadcast networks went on the air. Today cable networks, premium channels, streaming websites and even streaming services like Amazon and Netflix provide no shortage of additional choices for TV creators looking at where to share their series with the world.

Acclaimed director David Fincher, in particular, helped usher in a new age of original programming for Netflix just last year, when the two worked together to create the streaming service’s first series, House of Cards. In the time since, Netflix has gone on to partner with Kyle Chandler on a thriller, Chelsea Handler on a talk show and Marvel on five – count them, five — superhero series, one of which, Daredevil, will be led by Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight.

Thanks to a business model that gives artists the creative control, talent is flocking to Netflix for the opportunity to make what they want with very little restriction. It looks like The Matrix creators the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski will be the next to benefit from this unique arrangement with their first TV series Sense8, which Deadline reports will debut next year and has finished assembling a large international cast.

At the center of the 10-episode sci-fi drama will be Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), British actors Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) and Tuppence Middleton (who appears in the Wachowskis’ upcoming film Jupiter Ascending), South Korean actress Doona Bae (marking her third collaboration with the Wachowskis), Indian actress Tena Desae, German actor Max Riemelt, Miguel Silvestri and Jamie Clayton.

Joining them will also be more well-known actors Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), as well as Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra and Terrence Mann.

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Last we heard, Sense8 would revolve around eight strangers connected by a shared and violent vision who are being drawn to two entities, one trying to bring them together and another trying to kill them. Not much has changed from that logline, but the new plot description does flesh it out a bit more:

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.

Previous reports focused on character details for the main eight, describing some of them as 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. This seems to match up with the cast announcement above.

Yet it’s the description of the two entities, Jonas, an apparently magic African-American who appears to all of the “visionaries,” and his evil counterpart, Mr. Whispers, that was most intriguing. So far, there doesn’t appear to be anyone that matches the description of Jonas outside the main eight.

Just like the Wachowskis’ previous projects, Sense8 will be a massive undertaking with a production that will span nine locations on four continents: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi. So unless the Wachowskis and Straczynski choose to release more information, it could be a while before we get more details about the cast and production.


Sense8 is tentatively set to debut on Netflix in 2015.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This sounds like it could be something special.

    A little thin on details but enough to know this could be bananas.

    As in a little crazy, a little tasty & a little fantastic.

  2. Sounds like the dumb rubes who hated the Matrix sequels and Cloud Atlas aren’t going to have much luck understanding this one either…

    • Wait a minute. I’m neither dumb nor a rube yet I like to pretend those horrible Matrix sequels never existed while also finding that Cloud Atlas connected with me spiritually in the same way Life Of Pi and What Dreams May Come did.

  3. There were no “horrible” Matrix sequels, troll. Only Reloaded and Revolutions.

    • With you on that. All 3 Matrix movies were great. They got more and more graphic, as in novel. The Animatrix was mind-blowing. The jumping around story style in Reloaded is also seen in Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. I love their work and have since Bound. I hope I don’t become a part of the negative buzz around Jupiter Ascending…. then again, I think the movie Heaven’s Gate is a great lazy Sunday afternoon movie.

  4. Damn 2015 on Netflix is gonna be insane! When are we gonna find out when stuff will stream?

  5. The Wachowski brothers haven’t made a decent film since the original Matrix IMO.

    • it’s really disrespectful to refer to them as the Wachowski “brothers”.
      the correct, and more respectful, term would be Wachowski “siblings”.

      And in my opinion, Cloud Atlas is a piece of pure genius.
      I enjoyed Speed Racer immensely. It was what it was: an homage to an old Japanese cartoon series.

      I enjoyed the original Matrix when it came out, but I don’t think it ages well. Most of what made it so eye-poppingly “wow!” was the visuals. Years later, if you remove that aspect of it (since everyone is doing the same effects now), it simply doesn’t have quite enough to really engage and hold the attention for repeat viewings. At least, for me it doesn’t.

      • Rolling my eyes here.

        They are still brothers…one of them just chose to buy some different “parts”.

        What? Not politically correct enough for you?

        • Rolling eyes displays your maturity. Referring to sexual reassignment surgery as buying parts displays your lack of interest in or ability to talk about gender. Lana Wachowski and Adam Wachowski, they themselves, do not consider themselves brothers. If you can’t and they can, that’s your problem. Not to intellectual ‘enough’ for you?

  6. Their adaptation of V for Vendetta was great so I’m optimistic about this.

    • technically they did not direct V For Vendetta. The Matrix was amazing, Cloud Atlas was cool but not amazing, and the Matrix Sequels were a let-down compared to the original. Speedracer was colorful, but also terrible. The Wachowski’s are still a question mark IMO. They might have another hit like Matrix one day, or they might be one-hit-wonders, time will tell. In the last 14 years though, The Matrix has been there one and only “excellent” film.

  7. Sounds like Tim Krings TOUCH !!!

  8. This sounds like that anime Gantz. I wonder if this is loosely based on that series. That would be cool. Anyone else get a Gantz vibe from the plot synopsis?

  9. Mr Whispers is a very cool villain name!

  10. I just learned that this promising TV series is debuting Summer 2015.

    Babylon 5 is my all-time favorite science fiction TV series (and still the most underestimated one, IMHO) and the Matrix films are my all-time favorite film series (I think the Wachowskis overestimated audiences’ capabilities to appreciate the dominant symbolism in the two sequels. After their “encounter” in the first film, IIRC the Wachowskis made a corresponding statement, Smith is essentially Neo’s alter ego or darker side…).

    JMS and the Wachowskis working together – sounds to me like a dream come true. :-)

  11. Actually it looks like the Wachowskis and Straczynski have already been collaborating. Babylon 5 had an episode years ago about a evil villain producing an immortality serum that could only be produced by killing other people. She did it to get revenge so the human race would kill each other off to make more serum. Fortunately the good old Vorlons stepped in and blowed her and the formula up so the plot could fit in a one hour episode :-).