The Man Who Fell To Earth seemed like a role that David Bowie was born to play. When Walter Tevis finished his 1963 novel of the same name it would seem that the stars aligned to ensure that it would one day find its protagonist depicted in the otherworldly androgyny of the Starman himself.
Now, it would seem that there is a follow-up chapter to that story as the counterculture classic now looks set for a TV reboot, with Rob Delaney joining the roster of stars signed up for the spin-off.
Variety reports that Delaney will play the character Hatch Ford. As previously reported, he will star alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor who will attempt to fill Bowie’s very singular shoes in the role of Thomas Jerome Newton.
Noami Harris will also take part in the project, as will Clarke Peters of The Wire and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia star Jimmi Simpson.
Production on Showtime’s forthcoming drama series will start in London this spring and is set to premiere at some point next year.
In 2019 showrunner Alex Kurtzman made the following statement about the project which has been a long time in the making: “Some strings will connect to both the novel and the film but if you haven’t seen the film or haven’t read the novel, it’s fine. You’ll get to have an experience that’s entirely singular. If you have, you’ll have the benefit of understanding the history of the world that both of those things set up.”
You can catch a trailer for the original, below.