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article imageFreema Agyeman, Naveen Andrews join the Wachowskis’ Sense8

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 4, 2014 in Entertainment
British actors Freema Agyeman and Naveen Andrews are part of the international cast for “Sense8”, the upcoming Netflix science-fiction drama series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.
Agyeman is well known for playing Martha Jones, the Doctor Who companion who travelled alongside David Tennant during his time as the Doctor in the BBC’s long-running sci-fi drama series. After leaving the series, her character transferred to Torchwood during Season 2 of the Who spin-off.
Prior to Doctor Who, Freema Agyeman played Lola Wise in the early 2000s ill-fated revival of the cult ITV soap opera Crossroads. More recently, the 35-year-old has starred in Law & Order: UK and The Carrie Diaries.
In 1993, Naveen Andrews starred in The Buddha of Suburbia, the BBC TV drama series from Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette), as Karim Amir, a mixed-race 17-year-old beginning to explore his cultural roots, hoping to achieve sexual and racial self-realisation.
However, the actor, now 45 years old, is best known to genre fans for playing Sayid Jarrah in Lost, Lord Akbari in Sinbad and Jafar in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
14 for 8
For Sense8, the pair, as reported previously by Deadline, are among a “14-member international cast” that also includes fellow Brits Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) and Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending). Other cast members, Deadline revealed, are Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tena Desae, Daryl Hannah, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Terrence Mann, Max Riemelt, Miguel Silvestre and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe).
J. Michael Straczynski, Lana Wachowski and her brother Andy Wachowski are co-showrunners of the series, described by Straczynski as telling the story of “eight characters [from] around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally.”
Naveen Andrews
Naveen Andrews
Though Straczynski is well known to televison genre fans through sci-fi series such as Babylon 5, for film directors the Wachowskis, Sense8 will mark their TV debut.
Speaking to Deadline, he elaborated on what little has hitherto been known about Sense8: “[The eight] can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill, or vivisect them.”
According to Deadline, the 10-part series “will span nine locations on four continents: Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi.”
Sense8, which was first mooted in early 2012, was announced as having been taken up by Netfix in March 2013. Newsbeat reports that the series “is expected to debut on the TV streaming service in 2015.”
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