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Joel Edgerton to Star in ‘Dark Matter’ Series


Remember Wayward Pines, that creepy show that starred Matt Dillon who found himself trapped in a “perfect” little town following a car crash? It aired on FOX back in 2015. A modest hit, the limited series sort of lost its way during the show’s second season, but that first season…full of mystery, it was hard to ignore. I was hooked. Wayward Pines was based on a trilogy of books by Blake Crouch and apparently, the author is up to his old tricks.

Apple TV+ has announced that a series adaptation of his book Dark Matter has been picked up by the streamer. The new show will star Joel Edgerton with Crouch serving as writer and showrunner.

Hailed as one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, Dark Matter is a story about the road not taken. The series will follow Jason Dessen (Edgerton, a physicist, professor, and family man who – one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago – is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the multiverse of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of mind-bending realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself. Intrigued?

Blake Crouch (Matthew Staver)

Dark Matter will be executive produced by Matt Tolmach (who’s sense of humor can be seen in movies like the Jumanji franchise and Venom) and David Manpearl for Matt Tolmach Productions. Crouch will write the pilot script and serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series, and Louis Leterrier is set to direct the first four episodes.

Dark Matter will premiere alongside an expanding slate of acclaimed and sweeping sci-fi series, including the third season of the Emmy Award-winning For All Mankind and a second season of Foundation, the epic saga from storyteller David S. Goyer, based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov.

(Main images: Apple TV+)

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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