Variety reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast in the lead role of The Man Who Fell to Earth series currently in the works at Paramount Plus.
The series is based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel and the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film that starred David Bowie, both of the same name. In the series version, a new alien character (Ejiofor) arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.
“Chiwetel Ejiofor’s stage and film career are staggering in their bravery, commitment and quality,” said Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, co-showrunners and executive producers. “He’s everything we could imagine and a million things we can’t. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The Man Who Fell to Earth had been in development as a series at Hulu for some time, but Paramount Plus (then CBS All Access) aggressively pursued the project when Hulu decided not to move forward with it.