Paapa Essiedu will take the lead role in Sky’s new original drama Extinction.
Written by Giri/Haji’s Joe Barton, the eight part series follows George (Essiedu), a man who starts to re-live time after witnessing the world end.
When he is recruited into a special organisation of people who share this strange talent and use it to avert global crises, he ends up going rogue in a bid to save the woman he loves.
The high-concept thriller boasts an impressive cast, with Strike’s Tom Burke, Bodyguard’s Anjli Mohindra and Caroline Quentin joining Essiedu.
“Joe is a genius, as demonstrated by his huge success over the last few years, so to work with Marco and the cast and crew, to bring his vision to life is just hugely thrilling,” Essiedu said.
“The scripts are full of detail, tension and wit, and I’m excited to see where we go with George and the rest of the characters.”
The 30-year-old Londoner was widely praised for his role as Kwame in Michaela Coel’s acclaimed BBC series I May Destroy You, which aired last summer.
He will next appear on screen in Channel 5’s upcoming drama Anne Boleyn, playing the ill-fated Tudor queen’s brother George alongside Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne.
Barton, who will also serve as an executive producer on Extinction, was recently announced as the showrunner for HBO Max’s upcoming Batman spin-off series.
Extinction will air on Sky One and NOW TV in 2022