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not alone Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham to star in new sci-fi show Three-Body Problem

The story centres on the fate of humanity after we find out we are not alone in the universe


Liam Cunningham. Picture by Mike Pont/Getty Images

Liam Cunningham. Picture by Mike Pont/Getty Images

Liam Cunningham. Picture by Mike Pont/Getty Images

Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham is set to star in new sci-fi show Three-Body Problem

The 60-year-old Dubliner will join a star-studded cast for the new Netflix show.

The series is an adaptation of Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy of the same name. Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B Weiss will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the new franchise. Alexander Woo will also be a writer and executive producer on the show.

Cunningham is joined by fellow Game of Thrones star John Bradley in the shows cast along with Dr. Strange star Benedict Wong, Tsai Chin from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez.

Others cast on the show include Sea Shimooka, Jess Hong, Jovan Adepo, Saamer Usmani, Marlo Kelly, Zine Tseng and Alex Sharp. The streaming giant have yet to confirm who each actor will portray in the series.

Three Body Problem is a drama series that tells the story of what happens when humanity finds out that we’re not alone in the universe. The story follows Ye Wenjie as she attempts to help aliens invade earth during the Cultural Revolution.

Speaking about the series, writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said: "Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”

The trilogy which was first published in 2006 is one of China’s most popular science fiction stories.

Author of the books Liu Cixin, who will serve as a consulting producer for the show, said he has the “greatest respect for, and faith in”, the team adapting the books for a TV audience.

"I set out to tell a story that transcends time and the confines of nations, cultures and races; one that compels us to consider the fate of human-kind as a whole. It is a great honour as an author to see this unique sci-fi concept travel and gain fandom across the globe and I am excited for new and existing fans all over the world to discover the story on Netflix.”

Back in 2018 it was reported that Amazon had tried to secure the film rights to the trilogy from YooZoo Pictures for almost €1 billion. YooZoo began filming a 3D feature-length movie based on the books in March 2015 before filming halted a few months later in July. Although the film was due to be released in 2017, it was reported that the project "was postponed indefinitely due to the company's internal shuffling and the rumoured 'bad quality' of the film's first cut."

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