British actors Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge), Gemma Chan (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Neil Maskell (Utopia) and Irish thesp Colin Morgan (Merlin) are set to star in Humans, the upcoming AMC/Channel 4 eight-episode sci-fi drama series. Also cast in the series are Will Tudor (Game Of Thrones), Emily Berrington and Rebecca Front.
An adaptation of the Swedish series Real Humans, the drama, produced by Shine’s Kudos, is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban couple, Laura (Parkinson) and Joe (Goodman-Hill), purchase a refurbished synth (Chan) only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
Maskell will play Pete Drummond of the Special Technologies Task Force, and Morgan is set as Leo, a hunted young man. Filming is slated to begin this fall for a 2015 premiere. Tudor, repped by Wishlab and Curtis Brown, Berrington and Front play synths.