The NBC streaming service Peacock is allegedly live now, although most Comcast subscribers don’t seem to have access to it yet. The network claims that it will be fully available by July. Exclusive to Peacock is a new adaptation of Brave New World. The dystopian novel written by Aldous Huxley in the 1930’s remains as relevant today than ever before. Let’s take a look at the Brave New World adaptation coming to Peacock.
Who’s Who In The Brave New World Adaptation
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The Brave New World adaptation on Peacock will be a series starring Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as the protagonist John the Savage. Harry Lloyd (Legion) also co-stars as Bernard Marx. Jessica Brown Findlay appears in the role of the highly desired Lenina Crowne. Hannah John-Kamen (Ant Man and the Wasp) will play Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson in a gender-swapped role. Renowned comic book author Grant Morrison co-wrote the series with David Wiener and Brian Taylor. Morrison and Taylor have worked together before on the FX show Happy! The series does not yet have a premiere date, but claims to be coming soon.
The teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of the World State. A society where citizens are controlled by drug cocktails, and kept in their place by strict hierarchies. John is welcomed to ‘New London’ where “everyone belongs to everyone else.” The World State attempts to achieve a perfect society free of pain by eliminating marriage, the family unit, money, and childbirth. John comes from the The Savagelands, renamed from the Savage Reservation of the book. A place where people still practice marriage and natural birth. The World State is cast as a utopian society, but as is so often the case this utopia is really a dystopia in disguise.
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The Brave New World adaptation has bounced around networks quite a bit over the past few years. Originally optioned by the Syfy channel, then shifting to USA, it finally ended up on Peacock. There is no date set for a premiere, so we can only assume it will launch with the streaming service when it is available in July.
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