EXCLUSIVE: Up-and-coming British actor Malachi Kirby is set to star in an episode of Netflix’s keenly anticipated new season of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series Black Mirror with Jakob Verbruggen directing. The episode is called Men Against Fire, although plotlines are being kept closely under wraps.
Created and written by Brooker, Black Mirror taps into our collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. The series, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2011 and aired for two seasons, has received an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and been nominated for a BAFTA.
Netflix is assembling a top class talent pool for the new series. Deadline previously broke the news that Joe Wright (Atonement) would be directing one of the episodes with Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve starring.
Kirby’s star is very much on the rise after landing the plum role of Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ remake of Roots. The event TV series will follow the iconic character as he is captured from his homeland Gambia and sold into slavery in America, and his descendants struggle to survive over the next century. The show airs this year on Lifetime, A+E and the History Channel. Kirby is repped by the Identity Agency Group.
Jakob Verbruggen has a number of high profile TV directing credits to date, including eps of House of Cards and The Bridge. He also directed all five episodes of Working Title’s well-received mini-series London Spy, starring Ben Whishaw (Spectre) and Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Verbruggen is repped by the Curtis Brown Group, CAA and Ken Lambrechst GCV.
It was announced last year that Netflix would be ordering 12 new episodes of the acclaimed series from Brooker’s House of Tomorrow. Brooker and Annabel Jones, who exec produced the first seven episodes of the series, will continue to serve in that capacity as well as be showrunners for the new shows, which Brooker has written. House of Tomorrow is a part of the Endemol Shine Group.