NBCUniversal's Peacock Streaming Service To Launch With Brave New World Original Series
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s entry to the increasingly crowded streaming service market, is set for a full launch on July 15. While pandemic delays mean we’ll have to wait a while longer for many of its most anticipated shows to debut, Variety reported today that Peacock will go live with a few higher-profile originals, including an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 sci-fi novel, Brave New World.
The series stars Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Alden Ehrenreich as the book’s John, alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Lenina Crowne and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) as Bernard Marx. As in the novel, Brave New World is set in a far-future world where the genetically engineered citizens of an autocratic government are forced to question their society’s structure after a man born outside of their system’s rules is brought into their city, becoming an iconoclastic celebrity in the process.
Variety also details the launch of other originals, like The Capture, “a conspiracy thriller” starring Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Famke Janssen (X-Men). The drama series is described as a look into the “troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services.” Peacock will also include Intelligence, “a workplace comedy set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters” starring David Schwimmer, a sports documentary series about Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte called In Deep With Ryan Lochte, and an animated Curious George show aimed at younger viewers.
Aside from these new shows, Peacock will launch with plenty of other material from the NBCU catalog, like Friday Night Lights, Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. Though the coronavirus pandemic has put the production of other Peacock originals on hold for now, the service is also set to broadcast a MacGruber series from Will Forte, a drama focused on Christopher “Dr. Death” Duntsch starring Alec Baldwin and Jamie Dornan, new comedies from Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, and more.
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