Joseph Morgan just booked his first series regular role since playing Klaus Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Since The Originals just ended not quite one year ago, that's not too shocking. Sounds like maybe he was just waiting for the perfect project, and now he's entering a Brave New World.
You may have heard about USA Network's ambitious adaptation of Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel. Joseph Morgan has joined the all-star cast -- which includes Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Demi Moore, and Harry Lloyd -- and he's excited about the challenge ahead:
Tell us what we want to know, jomo:
real accent or fake accent for this one?
Haha, yes. The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fans are hoping London-born Joseph Morgan uses his own British accent. Based on the rest of the British cast, that seems likely.
Brave New World, published in 1932, is set in a New London "utopia" where citizens are genetically bred and put into predetermined classes/castes based on intelligence and labor.
According to Deadline, Harry Lloyd (aka Viserys on Game of Thrones) plays Bernard Marx, an Alpha Plus who works as a counselor for The Bureau of Stability, administering Soma to the citizens of New London. Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Harlots) plays Lenina Crowne, a Beta Plus Hatchery worker, who has begun to question her position within the strict social strata of the New World.
Bernard and Lenina have only ever known a rigid social order, the pharmaceutical Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, they visit the Savage Lands, where they get caught up in a violent rebellion. They're rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich, aka young Han Solo), who escapes with them back to New London. The arrival of subversive John threatens to disrupt the stability of New London’s utopian society.
Joseph Morgan plays CJack60, an Epsilon relegated to physical, tedious jobs, who is deeply impacted after witnessing a horrifying incident. Deadline added that Morgan is also appearing in Animal Kingdom Season 4.
Kylie Bunbury (When They See Us, Game Night) plays Frannie, Lenina’s best friend, a Beta Plus who embraces her conditioning and New London’s social order. Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys, Ant-Man and the Wasp) plays Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson, a hedonistic artist and New London’s premier maker of Feelies. Sen Mitsuji plays Henry Foster, an Alpha Plus in every way, who works alongside Bernard as a counselor at The Bureau of Stability. Nina Sosanya plays Mustafa Mond, a World Controller who is responsible for maintaining New London’s social structure and utopian promise.
According to Variety, Demi Moore will play Linda, the brash, hard-living mother of Alden Ehrenreich’s character, John.
Brave New World apparently moved to USA from Syfy. Interestingly enough, 10 years ago we were talking about A Brave New World adaptation from Ridley Scott, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Originals and Vampire Diaries stars are taking over TV and film in 2019, and I like seeing it. Of course, Klaus Mikaelson's daughter Hope Mikaelson is the lead character of the spinoff Legacies, which continues with Season 2 this October on The CW. Klaus has already been name-dropped several times, but now it looks like Joseph Morgan might be too busy with Brave New World to pop in for a flashback/dream scenario in the 2019-2020 season.