Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight) is expected to star alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in the upcoming drama series The man who fell to earth, which recently moved CBS All Access / Paramount + to Showtime.
Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie, The man who fell to earth will follow a new alien character (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must face his own past to determine our future.
Harris will play Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist and engineer who must defeat his own demons in the race to save two worlds.
Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet are currently writing and producing the series and, along with executive producer John Hlavin, will serve as showrunners. Kurtzman will also direct several episodes of the series. Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Heather Kadin are also executive producers, along with Rola Bauer and Françoise Guyonnet of Studiocanal. The series, produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Timberman / Beverly, is slated to begin production in London this spring and will premiere on Showtime in 2022.
“Working with an actor of Naomie’s caliber is an absolute dream,” said Kurtzman, Lumet and Hlavin. “His strength, complexity and daring artistic choices are an inspiration. We couldn’t be more delighted to have him on board.
Harris was nominated for Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globe Awards for her work in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. She recently completed production on the feature film Swan song, team up with her Moonlight co-star, Mahershala Ali. It will then be seen in Venom 2 and will reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the upcoming Bond film No time to die. Harris is replaced by WME, The Artists Partnership and Untitled Entertainment.