American actor Alden Ehrenreich will star in USA’s Brave New World. Based on Aldous Huxley's 1931 novel of the same name, the television series will examine a dystopian society whose morals are challenged by a subversive outsider. Most recently, Ehrenreich portrayed Han Solo in Ron Howard’s 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In 1954, the English writer-philosopher Huxley released The Doors of Perception, a novel about the author’s experience while under the influence of mescaline. A decade later, shortly after Huxley’s death at the age of 69, the novel inspired the name of the American rock band The Doors, a group known for its blend of philosophical and psychedelic musical concepts. Decades prior, in 1931, Huxley released his fifth novel, Brave New World. The book foreshadows modern technology and science, while it’s "World State" setting underlines how psychological manipulation can affect the masses. In 2009, Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio planned a theatrical adaptation of Brave New World that never panned out, this coming after the release of television film adaptations in 1980 and 1998.
Per Deadline, Ehrenreich has a leading role in USA’s Brave New World. In the adaption, he’ll portray John the Savage, a rebellious figure who saves two people that leave the dystopian society New London, but subsequently find trouble in the Savage Lands. The trio returns to New London, where John the Savage threatens the traditions of the community. In 2015, it was announced that Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment would produce Brave New World, and the series was officially ordered last February, but only after moving from SyFy to USA. According to Deadline, Brave New World may be the “potential flagship series” for NBC Universal's new streaming service NBCU, set to launch in 2020.
Though Ehrenreich’s television resume is sparse, he did begin his acting career on the small screen. In 2005, he appeared in one episode of Supernatural, and was cast in one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation the following year. Since then, Ehrenreich has acted exclusively in feature films, making his debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s 2009 drama Tetro. In recent years, Ehrenreich has received critical acclaim and accolades for his performances in Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!
For USA, or potentially NBCU, Ehrenreich’s casting represents a strong first step for Brave New World. While it’s unclear who will portray the main residents of New London, or whether certain names and locations will be changed, it’s evident that Ehrenreich will portray a Jon Snow-like figure - a character with a specific vision of how the world should be, but one who is caught up in a larger game in which he’s forced to defend his actions.