Syfy has released an intriguing teaser for their upcoming six-hour miniseries, Childhood’s End, featuring former Game of Thrones star Charles Dance.
The series, based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name, follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Dance stars as Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords. Joining him in the cast are Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Ricky Stormgren, a midwestern farmer whose life is turned upside down when he is named the sole human ambassador for the Overlords and Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) as Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic American entrepreneur.
The project was previously announced in September 2014, with Syfy President Dave Howe saying, “As we aggressively develop scripted programming over a diverse creative landscape, we want our content to reflect the greatest sci-fi stories from the past and the present. The powerful themes of Childhood’s End, from the fearsome price of peace and prosperity, to the very question of what constitutes a human being, remain fascinating and timeless. This will be the most ambitious project for Syfy in many years.”
Watch Dance tease the series in the first teaser for Childhood’s End:
Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike De Luca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) are attached as executive producers. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes).
The miniseries is scheduled to premiere December 2015.
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