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The Black Mirror world got a little less bleak on Friday with the arrival of new details about its highly anticipated fourth season.
Netflix confirmed that Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology will indeed premiere later this year, announcing the six episodes’ titles and cast Friday at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. The announcement came with a video teaser, providing a first glimpse at the unnerving and unpleasant horrors Brooker and co-showrunner Annabel Jones no doubt have in store.
Black Mirror taps into the collective unease of the modern world, with each standalone episode delivering a sharp, suspenseful tale of the myriad of ways technology has transformed all aspects of human life — in every home, on every desk, in every palm; on a plasma screen, monitor or Smartphone.
Netflix had previously greenlit 12 episodes of the anthology, splitting the order into two seasons of six episodes each.
The third season of the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series explored techno-paranoia themes surrounding social media, gaming, microchip implants, surveillance and a robotic bee apocalypse. The season also delivered its first happy ending with the Emmy-nominated LGBTQ story of “San Junipero,” which earned the anthology two nods. The cycle featured a star roster of Bryce Dallas Howard, Michael Kelly, Wyatt Russell, Kelly Macdonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.
Though fans had been clamoring for a “San Junipero” sequel, the episodes reveal a new slate of stars — including Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti and Jimmi Simpson — and first-time series directors, providing no obvious hints to a “San Junipero” connection.
Brooker and Jones are always tight-lipped about the plot, which is why the episode descriptions include the title, cast and director information only. The six episodes below are listed in no particular order:
– The previously announced Jodie Foster-directed episode now has a title, “Arkangel,” and along with Rosemarie Dewitt will also star Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home) and Bloodline‘s Owen Teague.
– “USS Callister” reunites Fargo alums Plemons and Milioti, along with Westworld‘s Simpson and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Monsters: Dark Continent). The episode is directed by Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock).
– “Crocodile” stars Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander) and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father), and is directed by John Hillcoat (Triple Nine, Lawless).
– “Hang the DJ” stars Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room) and George Blagden (Versailles, Vikings), and is directed by Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones).
– “Metalhead” stars Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind) and Clint Dyer (Hope Springs), and is directed by David Slade (Hannibal, American Gods).
– “Black Museum” stars Catastrophe‘s Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One) and Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders), and is directed by Colm McCarthy.
All episodes are written by Brooker, with “USS Callister” also co-written by William Bridges. Creator Brooker and Jones serve as executive producers.
Watch the announcement teaser above.
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