“My mission is your mission,” an alien visitor promises in the stunning first teaser for Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Based on the famed Walter Tevis novel of the same, this new sci-fi drama series will once again adapt the story of an extraterrestrial seeking help on planet Earth. It was originally David Bowie who cemented the iconic titular role, played here by Chiwetel Ejiofor, in director Nicolas Roeg’s eponymous 1976 film adaptation. The movie was met with mixed reviews then but has since become a cult favorite, praised for its over-the-top visuals and emotional philosophy.
Naomie Scott appears in the new series as Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist working to help our hero. How the project will transform the source material remains to be seen, but the streaming service is on a roll with the recent successes of drama series Yellowjackets and Dexter: New Blood. Plus, the lush trailer looks pretty enough that we’ll be tuning in just to see those effects.
The Man Who Fell to Earth arrives on Showtime this spring.