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Black Mirror Cast Revealed: Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Mara and Zazie Beetz Join New Season
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A new cast has signed on for the next season of Black Mirror, Variety can reveal.

Netflixs hit anthology series is gearing up for its long-awaited return and has lined up a star cast for Season 6. The show is now believed to be in production.

Sources indicate that the new faces joining the show are Zazie Beetz, Paapa Essiedu, Josh Hartnett, Aaron Paul, Kate Mara, Danny Ramirez, Clara Rugaard, Auden Thornton and Anjana Vasan. This casting specifically spans three episodes, and its understood more actors will join up for further episodes of the show.

Variety first revealed that a new season of the dystopian drama was in the works back in May. Specific details about stories are still being kept under wraps, but Season 6 will have more episodes than Season 5, which comprised of just three instalments and starred Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus.

Beetz is best known for playing Van on FXs Atlanta alongside Donald Glover and LaKeith Stanfield, while Essiedu stars in Skys Gangs of London and The Lazarus Project. Hartnett made a splash in the last year with Sky Atlantics The Fear Index and will also star in the Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer.

Breaking Bad star Paul appears in the latest season of HBOs Westworld as Caleb Nichols, while Mara starred in Sundance Film Festival favorite Call Jane.
Elsewhere, Ramirez was most recently seen in Top Gun: Maverick and Stars at Noon and will next star in the movie Look Both Ways, while Danish actor Rugaard led the Sky series The Rising. Thornton played Lucy Damon in NBC tearjerker This Is Us and Vasan had her breakout with Channel 4 and Peacocks punk rock comedy We Are Lady Parts.

Strong casting has always played a crucial role in Black Mirror, which has served as a launchpad for various actors over the shows last five seasons.

Memorable performances include Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World) who, in Season 3 (2016) episode Shut Up and Dance, played a teenager blackmailed into committing sordid acts by a hacker; Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played a couple in a simulated reality for the elderly in the award-winning Season 3 episode San Junipero; Andrew Scott as a rideshare driver who takes a tech company intern hostage in Season 5 (2019) episode Smithereens; Cristin Milioti as a mysterious new employee aboard a spaceship in Season 4 (2017) episode USS Callister; and Joe Cole and Georgina Campbell as a couple who try to be together despite a dating app determining the duration of their relationship in Season 4s Hang the DJ.

Its been three years since Season 5 of Black Mirror premiered on Netflix in June 2019. The forthcoming season is the first to emerge since creator Charlie Brooker and his creative partner Annabel Jones left their production company House of Tomorrow, which was backed by Endemol Shine Group, in January 2020, and set up shop under new production banner Broke and Bones. Netflix invested in the company soon after through a mega deal worth up to $100 million.
The shows future was thrown into question for a period due to the rights for Black Mirror remaining with Endemol Shine, which was acquired by Banijay Group in 2018. However, a deal was eventually hammered out, allowing Banijay to license the show to Netflix.

Black Mirror began life on U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, where it aired for two seasons before moving to the streaming giant and gaining a more global profile.

Netflix declined to comment on this story.
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Black Mirror Season 6: Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett and More to Star
Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett and more A-list stars are set to appear in Netflix's hit series Black Mirror, which is gearing up for season six.
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The cat's out of the bag.

Black Mirror season six is set to be a good one, with multiple outlets reporting Josh Hartnett, Aaron Paul, Zazie Beetz, Kate Mara, Paapa Essiedu, Anjana Vasan, Danny Ramirez, Clara Rugaard and Auden Thornton are starring in the genre-bending series.

Netflix declined to comment.

What else can fans expect from the anthology series? Well, there's going to be more than just three episodes in season six, each being "more cinematic" than past installments, according to Variety. The newly announced cast members are reportedly set to appear in three episodes, so we can expect additional announcements to come.

While this isn't much to go off of, viewers are happy to be getting anything at all. Back in 2020, series creator Charlie Brooker said that he didn't have plans for additional seasons since the coronavirus pandemic seemed dystopian enough. "I don't know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I'm not working away on any of those," he explained. "I'm sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I've been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh."
Brooker seemingly changed his mind, as news broke in May that more episodes are in the works.
Funnily enough, Danny Ramirez, who stars in Top Gun: Maverick, reacted to the news, tweeting at the time, "I'd do an episode of black mirror for free." Now, he's set to appear in the showlet's just hope he's getting paid!

Previous stars who appeared in the series include Miley Cyrus, Jesse Plemons and Topher Grace. Will Poulter starred in the 2018 Black Mirror film Bandersnatch, an interactive experience that let viewers guide the narrative.

Black Mirror is streaming now on Netflix.
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Black Mirror Cast Revealed: Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Mara and Zazie Beetz Join New Season

A new cast has signed on for the next season of Black Mirror, Variety can reveal.

Netflixs hit anthology series is gearing up for its long-awaited return and has lined up a star cast for Season 6. The show is now believed to be in production.

Sources indicate that the new faces joining the show are Zazie Beetz, Paapa Essiedu, Josh Hartnett, Aaron Paul, Kate Mara, Danny Ramirez, Clara Rugaard, Auden Thornton and Anjana Vasan. This casting specifically spans three episodes, and its understood more actors will join up for further episodes of the show.

Variety first revealed that a new season of the dystopian drama was in the works back in May. Specific details about stories are still being kept under wraps, but Season 6 will have more episodes than Season 5, which comprised of just three instalments and starred Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus.

Beetz is best known for playing Van on FXs Atlanta alongside Donald Glover and LaKeith Stanfield, while Essiedu stars in Skys Gangs of London and The Lazarus Project. Hartnett made a splash in the last year with Sky Atlantics The Fear Index and will also star in the Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer.

Breaking Bad star Paul appears in the latest season of HBOs Westworld as Caleb Nichols, while Mara starred in Sundance Film Festival favorite Call Jane.

Elsewhere, Ramirez was most recently seen in Top Gun: Maverick and Stars at Noon and will next star in the movie Look Both Ways, while Danish actor Rugaard led the Sky series The Rising. Thornton played Lucy Damon in NBC tearjerker This Is Us and Vasan had her breakout with Channel 4 and Peacocks punk rock comedy We Are Lady Parts.

Strong casting has always played a crucial role in Black Mirror, which has served as a launchpad for various actors over the shows last five seasons.

Memorable performances include Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World) who, in Season 3 (2016) episode Shut Up and Dance, played a teenager blackmailed into committing sordid acts by a hacker; Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played a couple in a simulated reality for the elderly in the award-winning Season 3 episode San Junipero; Andrew Scott as a rideshare driver who takes a tech company intern hostage in Season 5 (2019) episode Smithereens; Cristin Milioti as a mysterious new employee aboard a spaceship in Season 4 (2017) episode USS Callister; and Joe Cole and Georgina Campbell as a couple who try to be together despite a dating app determining the duration of their relationship in Season 4s Hang the DJ.

Its been three years since Season 5 of Black Mirror premiered on Netflix in June 2019. The forthcoming season is the first to emerge since creator Charlie Brooker and his creative partner Annabel Jones left their production company House of Tomorrow, which was backed by Endemol Shine Group, in January 2020, and set up shop under new production banner Broke and Bones. Netflix invested in the company soon after through a mega deal worth up to $100 million.

The shows future was thrown into question for a period due to the rights for Black Mirror remaining with Endemol Shine, which was acquired by Banijay Group in 2018. However, a deal was eventually hammered out, allowing Banijay to license the show to Netflix.

Black Mirror began life on U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, where it aired for two seasons before moving to the streaming giant and gaining a more global profile.

Netflix declined to comment on this story.

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Josh Hartnett in Black Mirror season 6
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Josh Hartnett, Kate Mara on Their Lockdown-Inspired Black Mirror and Why Its Set in an Alternate 1969

The co-stars of the "Beyond the Sea" episode unpack the themes revealed in the space story and share their feelings on that ending with The Hollywood Reporter.

[This story contains major spoilers from the Black Mirror season six episode Beyond the Sea.]   :flag:

Charlie Brooker warned that some of the season six Black Mirror episodes were going to be the bleakest yet. And Beyond the Sea, starring the trio of Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett and Kate Mara, certainly fits that bill.

In the 80-minute space saga, Paul and Hartnett play astronauts aboard a spaceship on a six-year mission. The episode, however, takes place in an alternative 1969 where technology exists so the astronauts can beam their consciousness back down to Earth via a space-travel link and walk among their families as a mechanical replica while their real bodies sleep in a spacepod.

But things go horribly wrong for Hartnetts astronaut, David. In the middle of the night, a hippie-like cult (led by Rory Culkin) invades his family home and brutally murders Davids free-spirited wife (Auden Thornton) and children in front of his (replicas) eyes, before destroying his replica. The scene which echoes the infamous Charles Manson-led murder of Sharon Tate, which took place in 1969, and subsequent Manson Family murders is motivated by their view that Davids machine man defies nature and is an abomination.

The unimaginable tragedy leads to complications. Davids replica was one-of-a-kind, so hes stuck in space without a link to Earth for four more years. When Maras sympathetic and lonely character Lana, the wife of Pauls distant astronaut Cliff, suggests David borrow her husbands link, his visits spark a complex love triangle. David, in Cliffs replica, pursues Lana, and when he is ultimately rejected, he makes the vengeful decision to steal Cliffs replica, visit Earth and brutally murder Lana and her son; delivering Cliff the same horribly tragic hand he was dealt.

Brooker, the creator and writer of Netflixs Emmy-winning sci-fi anthology series, has long maintained he is pro-technology, recently reiterating that Black Mirror episodes are worst-case scenarios that show how flawed humans can make terrible decisions amid emerging science. Beyond the Sea represents that, as Davids flawed choice leads to a bleak and tragic ending.

Below, Hartnett and Mara speak to The Hollywood Reporter about Brookers pandemic-era inspiration for the story, the specific reasons why Beyond the Sea was set in an alternate 1969 and the most awful day of filming: If you are completely taken away from [love and connection], it will atrophy your soul.

Its been a four-year wait for season six; Charlie Brooker said the world felt a little too dystopian to do more Black Mirrors and now hes back with episodes that upend what a Black Mirror is. What insight did you get about what inspired him to write Beyond the Sea?

Josh Hartnett: When I spoke to Charlie about it, and to John [Crowley, director] about why Charlie wrote it, it was that he wrote it during lockdown as a reaction to lockdown. He was feeling isolated and he probably wont say this but I think he was feeling a bit of FOMO (laughing) looking at other peoples lives out in the world. And he thought that maybe youre comparing your own situation to someone elses situation; everybody seems to have their chickens roosting and, why is it always sunny in that part of England and not in my part of England? Thats a thing people get into when theyre isolated on their social media, and I think this was a reaction to that social media feeling of separation, but being there in a way. And also obviously, isolation.

The thing that really got me, and I think he had said something about this, was the idea of love and connection being a resource where if you are completely taken away from it, it will atrophy your soul. He didnt say exactly that, its me rambling a bit. But I think that happens to David; he is stuck on that ship and theres no chance and no hope for his future. And the only hope he ends up having is in a very elicit relationship that he doesnt know how to handle. And then things go very, very wrong.

Charlie also said this season contains some of the bleakest episodes yet. This one certainly is. Its set in an alternate time period, but speaks to universal themes around marriage, ego and technology. Kate, what do you think are the ultimate sins that led to tragedy for these characters?

Kate Mara: Well, I dont think any sin should lead to what some of them, or any of them really, had to experience. Its so horrible. But I think the episode really is very, very relevant and universal. It doesnt matter when it takes place. I think it was as relevant in the 60s as it is now; the theme of connection. Human connection and how important it is for all of us to survive and love. Not just in a romantic relationship, but to feel loved and to experience love. Thats what I found so fascinating about it; and then to watch these two men experience isolation and also watch my character, Lana, experience isolation in her own home. All of those things I think can be very relatable.

Hartnett: The sins that lead to their horrible outcome. I think thats partially why Charlie set it in 1969. Their sin is basically hope and optimism. Those are the things that are quashed by this Manson-esque murder.

Because at that point, the space program was the great hope of the American people and humanitys hope, in a way. It was the very bleeding edge of technology at the time; people going to space meant something, like we were all going to be colonizing the moon or living in some Jetsons future. And I think thats why he wanted to set it then, because it was just before the Manson murders. I was talking earlier with Kate that her character reminded me of Joan Didion because she had said or written at that time: The 60s ended all the optimism, all the hope. All the experimentation ended with the Manson murders. That was it. That was the end. And I think that great experiment ended so long ago, that Charlie wanted to go back to that time to reinvent why, and to then of course have this helmet of isolation put in place. [Brooker says the Demon 79 episode, which has a companion Red Mirror label, inspired him to travel back in time for Beyond the Sea, a retrofuturistic episode like a lost science fiction story of the 60s.]

I was thankful the actual murders werent shown. Josh, what was it like filming the Manson-esque murder scene?

Hartnett: It was a truly awful day, I have to say. I think that was the worst, honestly. We didnt have much time to shoot this, so that was at the end of a very long night of shooting in Valencia. We were only there for three nights of filming. You have to imagine this [murder], and then John kept asking for another take and then at the end of it, he wanted to do this spinning shot zooming in on my face. I have kids and you just have to go to a place that you dont want to go. I was so exhausted by the end of it. It was not fun. But thats part of the job. But there was nothing seen, which is the good bit; there was nothing for me to see. It was all in my head. I dont think John shows much of any violence in this. I think the most violent thing that happens is when Aaron punches me in the face, rather weakly. Thats about it.

Kate, Charlie has done complicated love stories around consciousness. This one had two layers, with your husband not only being a different person but also a machine. What did you make of the love triangle in this story and of loving a person who isnt defined by what they are on the outside?

Mara: I thought the aspect of love in this was so intriguing and complicated. I thought, Well Aaron has a really difficult job to portray both of these men, but really be one man feeling very different things. But for me, when we were doing all of our scenes because all of my scenes are with him it was easy to know which character he was playing, because one is so much more present with Lana. And the other is very much not. Hes gone, in so many ways. So it was an interesting thing and interesting themes to explore.

Interview edited for length and clarity.

Black Mirror season six is now streaming on Netflix.

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