Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Dr. Dre Issues Public Statement Apologizing for "The Women I’ve Hurt" Dr. Dre Issues Public Statement Apologizing for "The Women I’ve Hurt" Ice Cube & Son Team Up for L.A. Riots Thriller Produced by Will Packer Ice Cube & Son Team Up for L.A. Riots Thriller Produced by Will Packer Timely Brit Documentary 'The Hard Stop' Explores Life & Death of Mark Duggan + Riots That Followed (Trailer) Timely Brit Documentary 'The Hard Stop' Explores Life & Death of Mark Duggan + Riots That Followed (Trailer) Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Say Hello to Marvel's Newest Superhero - Moon Girl Say Hello to Marvel's Newest Superhero - Moon Girl Two Actor Unions Ban Their Members from Working on Tyler Perry's Latest Stage Production Two Actor Unions Ban Their Members from Working on Tyler Perry's Latest Stage Production Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Why Won't That Story About Sophia Stewart And Her 'Matrix' Lawsuit Die? Why Won't That Story About Sophia Stewart And Her 'Matrix' Lawsuit Die? Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Intriguing Character & Plot Details On The Wachowskis' 'Sense8' You Would Be Interested In Knowing

Shadow and Act By Natasha Greeves | Shadow and Act January 7, 2014 at 7:45PM

Intriguing Character & Plot Details On The Wachowskis' 'Sense8' You Would Be Interested In Knowing
1
Wachowskis

Last May, 2013, following the successful debut of House of Cards, Netflix announced that it was bringing Sense8, the first foray into television by the Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana Wachowski), exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014.

Described as "a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted," Netflix will debut a 10-episode season one of Sense8, which was inspired by a late night conversation the Wachowskis had years ago, about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us.

Since that announcement, details on the project have been sketchy. Both Netflix and the Wachowskis have been silent about the project, keeping it underwraps.

Not anymore, thanks to a TV Line scoop, which provides some details about the series' plot and characters that S&A readers should find interesting.

- First the sci-fi drama will center on 8 different people living in 8 different places around the world: somewhere in the UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago. Without knowing further details, the Nairobi-set story gets our attention, whatever it will be. But that's not all.

- Second, the 8 people, who are called "visionaries," will be connected by a "shared violent vision." Although we don't know what exactly that vision is.

- Third, some entity (we aren't told whether it's alien, supernatural, or humanoid, just that it's an "entity") is trying to kill them off. 

- Fourth, and here is where it gets even more interesting, among the series regular characters are: a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker, a Korean businesswoman, an African bus driver, a transgender American blogger, and maybe most intriguing, is a character named Jonas, who's described as an African American with magical powers of some sort, who appears to all 8 “visionaries.” Jonas has an evil counterpart, named Mr. Whispers, although there's no description of that character.

So we have an "African bus driver" as one of the "visionaries," who's probably the star of the story set in Nairobi, Kenya, we can only guess And we have an African American character named Jonas, with magical powers (we don't know what those powers are yet), who appears to all 8 "visionaries," with his evil counterpart, suggesting (speculation on my part) that Jonas maybe is trying to save them, or unite them (the 8 visionaries) because, maybe in unity, there's some collective power that comes out of that; While Mr Whispers, his evil half, is the "entity" who's trying to kill them off, because he doesn't want them to connect and give birth to this power that their unification would create.

Things that make you go hmm...

No other information is available at this time, so let the speculation begin.

This immediately makes me think of the TV series Heroes.

None of the roles has yet been cast, but we now know that there will be at least 2 lead roles for people of African descent in the series.

But say what you will about the Wachowskis' films since The Matrix, which haven't all been hits, I really appreciate their continued interest in exploring speculative fiction in their filmmaking, and taking risks with their storytelling. I also appreciate the push for diversity in their characters and casting. 

Without that drive and interest, we may never have gotten The Matrix.

Sense8 doesn’t actually start shooting until June, so we probably won't see it until 2015. Casting announcements should be made in the next few months.

This article is related to: NetFlix


Shadow & ActNewsletter