‘I, Daniel Blake’ breakout Hayley Squires will also star in the first episode, being written by Jack Thorne from Dick’s short story.
Production is now underway in London on Amazon’s anthology series being executive produced by Bryan Cranston, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, with Timothy Spall having joined the first episode.
The BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee will play the lead in The Commuter, playing an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) wrote the episode based on Dick’s short story, with Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) on directing duties.
Hayley Squires, the breakout from Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, alongside Rebecca Manley (This is England), Rudi Dharmalingham (Fantastic Beasts), Tuppence Middleton (War & Peace), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Ann Akin, Tom Brooke, Nicole Agada, Marko Leht, Matthew Raymond and Naveed Khan are also joining the cast.
A 10-part sci-fi anthology series first unveiled in May, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will feature stand-alone episodes each inspired by the acclaimed author’s short stories. It was commissioned by Amazon for the U.S. and Channel 4 for the U.K.
Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions and Michael Dinner of Rooney McP Productions are executive producing alongside Cranston and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan and Christopher Tricarico of Electric Shepherd Productions, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss of Anonymous Content Entertainment, Lila Rawlings and Marigo Kehoe of Left Bank Pictures, Don Kurt and Kate DiMento in association with Sony Pictures Television.