4:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' Adds Mel Rodriguez and Vera Farmiga
The cast of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams continues to grow.
The upcoming Amazon and Channel 4 anthology series, which consists of 10 stand-alone episodes, has added Mel Rodriguez and Vera Farmiga. The pair will star in an episode of the sci-fi drama called Kill All Others, written and directed by Mudbound's Dee Rees.
In the episode, a man hangs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a politician (Farmiga) makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. When one extraordinarily average man (Rodriguez) dares to question the situation, he becomes an instant target. The installment also stars Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) and Glenn Morshower (Bloodline) as his co-workers, and Sarah Brown (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as his wife.
The Sony Pictures-produced drama, which will debut later this year, counts Bryan Cranston among its executive producers. Farmiga and Rodriguez join previously announced cast that includes Cranston, Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin, Mireille Enos, Greg Kinnear, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Spall, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong and Geraldine Chaplin.
Based on the award-winning short stories by the author, Electric Dreams is being adapted for television by writers such as Pacific Rim's Travis Beacham, Outlander's Ronald D. Moore and National Treasure's Jack Thorne. Dick's other novels include The Man in the High Castle (also an Amazon series), A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which became Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner.
Last Man on Earth's Rodriguez is repped by UTA and Abrams Entertainment. Farmiga, who most recently starred in Bates Motel, is repped by CAA, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan.