Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) is set to lend her talents to the sci-fi genre! Monáe has nailed a lead role in an episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a sci-fi anthology series from Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, Bryan Cranston and Sony Pictures TV. She’ll be joining fellow lead actress, Juno Temple.
Electric Dreams is based on short stories by the award-winning novelist Philip K. Dick. The series was commissioned by Channel 4, who will air the series later this year in the UK. As for U.S. viewers, the series is set to launch on Amazon Prime.
Monáe will star in the “Autofac” episode. Per a summary provided via Deadline: “Despite society and the world as we know it having collapsed, a massive, automatic product-manufacturing factory continues to operate according to the principles of consumerism – humans consume products to be happy, and in order to consume continuously, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will. When a small band of rebels decide to shut down the factory, they discover they may actually be the perfect consumers after all.” Monáe will be portraying Alexis, an Autofac representative.
Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy, American Odyssey) will direct the episode written by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of The Titans).
The series will feature an all-star cast including Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Richard Madden, Holiday Grainger, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin and Bryan Cranston, who will also serve as an executive producer on the series.
The full executive producer list include: Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions, Michael Dinner of Rooney McP Productions, Bryan Cranston and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan and Christopher Tricarico of Electric Shepherd Productions, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content, Lila Rawlings and Marigo Kehoe of Left Bank Pictures, Don Kurt and Kate DiMento in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Given Monáe’s “android” likeness, she is sure to fit right into this genre! Congrats to Janelle Monáe! We know she’ll kill it!