Charles Dance to Star in Major Syfy Mini-Series of Childhood’s End
Charles Dance is going from fantasy to sci-fi. The Game of Thrones actor has landed one of the starring roles in Syfy’s ambitious miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic Childhood’s End.
The six-hour miniseries follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture.
Dance plays Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren, who is not yet cast.
The book synopsis,
Earth has become a Utopia, guided by a strange unseen people from outer space whose staggering powers have eradicated war, cruelty, poverty and racial inequality. When the ‘Overlords’ finally reveal themselves, their horrific form makes little impression. Then comes the sign that the Overlords have been waiting for. A child begins to dream strangely – and develops remarkable powers. Soon this happens to every child – and the truth of the Overlords’ mission is finally revealed to the human race…
The book is available in many formats on Amazon UK
Childhood’s End has some notable auspices behind the camera, executive producers Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor) and Mike DeLuca (The Social Network). The project will be directed by Nick Hurran (Sherlock) and adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s Life on Mars).
The miniseries will premiere on Syfy next year.