Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Kyle MacLachlan joins the FALLOUT TV series

Kyle MacLachlan has signed up to join the cast of Amazon Prime's upcoming TV show based on the Fallout video game series.

MacLachlan has some solid genre cred, having played Paul Atreides in the 1984 movie version of Dune, Calvin Johnson in Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD and, most infamously, Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks and its movie and mini-series spin-offs. He is also well-known from films including Blue Velvet and The Doors.

Xelia Mendes-Jones (The Wheel of Time) and Aaron Moten (Mozart in the Jungle, The Night Of) have also been cast as regulars for the show. They will join the already-cast Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Arcane) and Walton Goggins (Justified).

None of the actors' roles have been divulged, although Goggins has been rumoured to be playing a Ghoul, a human turned into an immortal sort-of-zombie (but still intelligent) as a result of radiation exposure.

The Fallout TV show was developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (Westworld, Person of Interest) and is being showrun by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Gotham City Sirens, Tomb Raider) and Graham Wagner (Portlandia, Silicon Valley). Production is started to start shortly for a 2023 debut.

The Fallout video game franchise began with Fallout (1997) and continued with Fallout 2 (1998), Fallout Tactics (2001), Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (2004), Fallout 3 (2008), Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Fallout Shelter (2015), Fallout 4 (2015) and Fallout 76 (2018). Fallout 5 was recently announced as being in the very early planning stages. The Fallout games postulate a limited nuclear war in 2077 which sees the Earth devastated but not destroyed, with humanity slowly recovering over the next 200 years and new factions arising to contest North America.

Because each Fallout game has a new setting and cast of characters, it's unclear if the Amazon TV show is doing the same thing - a new story and setting in the wider world - or if it will be more directly based on the games.

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