After all these years, Paramount+ is making a reboot series for The Man Who Fell To Earth with starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The first version of the movie was back in 1976 and starred David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton. This role became Bowie’s most famous acting role and now, Doctor Strange’s Chiwetel Ejiofor takes it over.
Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, co-writers and producers of the series, made an announcement recently and said they “couldn’t be more thrilled” for Chiwetel Ejiofor taking on the role. StudioCanal Company’s CBS Studios and Tandem Productions will co-produce The Man Who Fell To Earth together. The original Walter Tevis book’ the story based on and Bowie’s 1976 film’s rights and also belong to StudioCanal Company. Another TV show was also made for the book although it hasn’t lasted long.
The Man Who Fell To Earth is coming as a series
Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s first film was Steven Spielberg‘s 1997’s movie Amistad, so his career has been really impressive since its beginning. After that, Ejiofor has also appeared in successful films such as Inside Man, Children of Men, Love Actually, Serenity, Doctor Strange, and 12 Years a Slave. He won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and earned a Best Actor nomination with his performance at 12 Years a Slave. Chiwetel Ejiofor was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as well.
Ejiofor’s other projects
Chiwetel Ejiofor has also other projects on the way, which are Infinite and Doctor Strange, following The Man Who Fell To Earth. In Infinite, he works with Antoine Fuqua from Training Day as its director. Also, Dylan O’Brien and Jason Mantzoukas accompany him in starring. On the other hand, he is now filming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where he plays Karl Mordo.
- Infinite will release on May 28, 2021
- Doctor Strange will release on March 25, 2022.
Chiwetel Ejiofor seems the perfect match for the role on The Man Who Fell To Earth. He will bring a different interpretation to Tevis’s book than Bowie did as we consider his whole career. On the other hand of his massive career in both movies and on the stage, it’s been quite some time since Ejiofor has played on a TV series. It is still uncertain what they are planning for the upcoming series. But it seems this will be more than a miniseries, hopefully.
Finally, here is the Bowie version trailer of The Man Who Fell To Earth down below. And a short synopsis is down here to have a little more information. The rest will come as we hear the news, of course!
“The story follows an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought, but finds himself at the mercy of human vices and corruption.”