David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Wonder Woman) has been cast in the lead role in Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi thriller series, The Feed. Thewlis will be playing protagonist Lawrence Hatfield, the inventor of the titular omnipresent technology present in the series.
The show will be based on the recently-published novel of the same name by Nick Clark Windo. The series is based in London, and revolves around the Hatfield family, whose patriarch Lawrence invents a brain implant that allows people to share thoughts and emotions. Things naturally turn sour when people with the technology in their heads become murderous.
Alongside Thewlis, Michelle Fairly has been cast to play Lawrence’s wife Meredith, the CEO of a powerful mega company which runs The Feed, while their first born son Tom will be portrayed by Guy Burnet, with his wife Kate played by Nina Toussaint-White.
Writer Channing Powell (fifteen episodes of The Walking Dead) is crafting the series, with Amazon teaming with Liberty Global to produce the series. Amazon will distribute the series via their Prime service in North America and Latin America, while Liberty Global will be bringing the show to the UK on Virgin Media.
The novel has received positive reviews since its publication in March, and this series sounds like it has the potential to be another small screen sci-fi hit, although competition within that genre remains fierce.
The Feed is the latest series commissioned by Amazon, who seem intent on scrapping their previous range of smaller series in favour of larger, more expansive stories as a new era of battling for streaming supremacy is set to kick off soon, after Disney and DC’s recently announced streaming services become serious competition starting next year.