Syfy’s miniseries Childhood’s End has found its lead actor.
Emmy award nominee Charles Dance has been tapped to star in the six-hour miniseries adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke novel, TVWise has learned.
Based on the novel of the same name, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
Charles Dance will play Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords, who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, however, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.
Dance is best known to US audiences for his role as Tywin Lannister on the first four seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. More recently, he had a starring role on ITV’s four part historical drama The Great Fire. “We are thrilled that Charles has picked Childhood’s End following his amazing work in Game of Thrones”, said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s Executive Vice President of Original Content.
Childhood’s End comes to Syfy from sister company Universal Cable Productions, who are serving as the studio on the drama. The script was penned by Life On Mars creator Matthew Graham. Fellow Brit Nick Hurran, well known for his work on Sherlock and Doctor Who, has signed on to direct. The executive producers are Akiva Goldsman and Mike De Luca.