Thursday, June 25, 2020

Brave New Alden

Has anybody read Aldous Huxley's sci-fi classic Brave New World lately? Do they still assign it in high school English classes? That's the last time I read it myself and, uhh, it's been awhile since high school. (Cut to an x-ray shot of my bones turning to dust.) I ask because as I told you back in April of 2019 the book has been turned into a series for NBC's streaming platform (that's the one called Peacock) by Fear the Walking Dead show-runner David Weiner and comic book legend Grant Morrison, and it's premiering on July 15th (that's the one called Also My Birthday). They have just released a trailer! See:

it's looking kinda Westworldy (meets Gattaca?) but I can dig it. The show also stars Demi Moore, Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay, Game of Thrones' Harry Lloyd, The Vampire Diaries' Joseph Morgan, and so on. Here's how they describe the show:

"Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Findlay) embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions."

And if that's the actual plot of the book you'll have to remind me, as I have literally zero recollection. Excuse me that should read, "Wassat, sonny? I ain't got my earpiece in!" Anyway I'm not angry at all of these classic sci-fi stories getting adapted at last -- see also the trailer for AppleTV's Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation, which also dropped this week -- if there's one good side to the glut of content it's that people are digging deep for stories that haven't been told before. Plus... I just love Alden. Y'all know I do. I've been onboard since Beautiful Creatures in 2013. I'm glad he's got this lined up; I was afraid Hollywood would hold Solo against him (he was not the problem with Solo). On that Alden note you can click here for more of this photo-shoot if you like.

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